~The Adventures of Tarzan~
1921
~Plot Synopsis~
Produced by the low-budget Weiss brothers, Leonard and Louis, The Adventures of Tarzan was the
first of no less than five jungle serials to be produced in the span of only ten months and by far the
most popular. Starring burly Elmo Lincoln, and 16-year-old Louise Lorraine as Jane, the 15-chapter
cliffhanger was based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' Return of Tarzan and Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar.
Returning to his beloved jungle kingdom, Tarzan spurns the love of Queen la of Opal (Lillian Worth),
who in revenge attempts to sabotage the jungle king's efforts to defeat a treasure-hunting Bolshevik,
Rokoff (Frank Whitson), and his own cousin, William Clayton (Percy Pembroke), a pretender to the
title of Lord Greystoke. The early chapters of The Adventures of Tarzan came in for some criticism
from bluenoses and Lincoln's manly chest was quickly covered up. Unbeknownst to the majority of
moviegoers, Elmo was doubled by 1918 gymnastic champion Frank Merrill, whose athletic skills did
much to ensure success. Merrill would eventually play Lord Greystoke in two Universal serials:
Tarzan the Mighty (1928) and Tarzan the Tiger (1929), the last mentioned a partial remake of The
Adventures of Tarzan featuring the exotic Kithnou as the evil jungle queen.

Plot Synopsis from Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Robert F. Hill & Scott Sidney

Written by:
Robert F. Hill
Lillian Valentine

Based on the novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs
~Cast~

Elmo Lincoln ...  Tarzan
Louise Lorraine ...  Jane
Scott Pembroke ...  Clayton (as Percy Pembroke)
Frank Whitson ...  Rokoff
George Monberg ...  Monsieur Gernot
Lillian Worth ...  Queen La of Opar
Charles Gay ...  Sheik Ben Ali
Charles Inslee ...  Prof. Porter
Maceo Bruce Scheffield ...  Chief of Wazini
Fifi R. Lachoy
Frank Merrill ...  Arab guard
Joe Martin ...  The ape
George B. French
Gordon Griffith
Thomas Jefferson
Kathleen Kirkham
Bert Wheeler ...  The governor
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~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Universal Film Manufacturing Company

Produced by: Louis Weiss
Cinematography by: Jerome Ash & Joseph Mayer
Film Editing by: Charles Henkel Jr.
Production Manager: Gertrude Greenberg
Stunt Double for Elmo Lincoln: Frank Merrill
Supervising Editor: George M. Merrick
Animal Trainer: Charles Gay

First Episode Released: December 1, 1921
Desert Scenes filmed in Arizona, USA