I have always LOVED the stories of Tarzan! Every since I was a little, little girl, I though Tarzan was sooooo handsome and manly! However, there IS a catch to my Tarzan adoration…when it comes to films (which are quite different than the books), the only Tarzan I love is Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan!
I used to wait and wait and wait (very impatiently) for Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies to air on afternoon TV in the summer! Ooooo! So scandalous, romantic and exciting! Jam-packed with adventure, too! Ah yes! Another weird Marcia thing…Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan movies!
Now, in case you’ve never seen a Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movie, I will warn you…my favorite Tarzan the Ape Man, was filmed in 1932…so if you’re not used to those early 1930s films, you need to be patient! Current critics will blast the movie, which used extra wild animal and jungle footage filmed for other movies and scrapped, for not being true to the book and for the animals and extras not being perfect. But again, it was 1932 and they didn’t have George Lucas back then!
Are you asking, “Johnny Weissmuller? Tarzan? What’s up with that?”
Well, here’s the answer…I’ve just come off a month of traveling, stress and a wedding! So I’m super super super random today! Thus, Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan is this week’s Random contest! Post your thoughts, comments, etc. on Johnny Weissmuller and/or Tarzan and be entered to win not only a DVD including 4 Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies, but also an 8×10 framed photo of Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan as Tarzan and Jane! I’m serious! I haven’t decided which of my personal Johnny and Maureen photos I’m giving up yet, but it will be a good one! (Something similar to this one!)
Random and fun, right? And just because I love trivia…did you know that Johnny Weissmuller was an Olympic simmer and 6-time Olympic medalist? It’s true! In 1924 Johnny won 3 Gold medals and one Bronze medal in Paris in 1924, and 2 Gold medals in Amsterdam in 1928! He set 67 world records and never lost a race! He retired with an unbeaten Amteur record!
Now, grab a vine and swing on over to Tarzan’s tree-top pad with me and give this little video a gander while you enter! (Not digging the music…but it’s all I can find.) I LOVE Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan!