Tarzan


TARZAN The OTRR distribution of Tarzan consists of four separate productions of Tarzan: Tarzan of the Apes (1932 - 1934) Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher (1934) Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr (1936) Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1951 - 1953) TARZAN OF THE APES By the early 1930's radio programs held a place in American culture similar to television shows today. Families would gather nightly around the radio and listen to the continuing adventures of Little Orphan Annie , Chandu the Magician , or Tarzan ! Hot on the heels of Weissmuller's Tarzan the Ape Man the always-enterprising Joe Neebe broached the idea of a Tarzan radio show to Edgar Rice Burroughs. Burroughs was excited and the show quickly became a family affair: Daughter Joan Burroughs would play Jane and her husband - and former movie Tarzan - Jim Pierce would portray the Lord of the Jungle. Tarzan made his radio debut on September 10, 1932, and the show was unique in a number of ways. Rather than being broadcast live like other radio programs, the Tarzan show was prerecorded onto phonograph records, which were then shipped off to radio stations. The show boasted state-of-the-art recording technology and elaborate sound effects. Burroughs wrote that "They have injected all the jungle noises, including the roaring of Numa the lion, the screaming of Sheeta the panther, the cries of the bull apes, the laughing of the hyaenas, the rustling of the leaves, the screams and shouts." Radio supplied the sound - your imagination provided the pictures! The Tarzan radio show received a live premiere at the Fox Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Three thousand people attended the festivities (even Johnny Weissmuller showed up) and listened as the first show was aired, certainly a unique "live" broadcast. The show was sponsored in part by the Signal Oil Company, and at their gas stations you were able to pick up Tarzan puzzles and other promotions, while dad filled the car up with Tarzan gas. Tarzan was broadcast nightly in fifteen-minute episodes and lasted for two years. TARZAN AND THE DIAMOND OF ASHER Although originally broadcast in 1934, the following introduction was penned by Edgar Rice Burroughs for the announcer to read introducing a 1940 broadcast of Tarzan And The Diamond of Asher . "We bring you Tarzan, that immortal fictional character of Edgar Rice Burroughs, in a new and exciting serial entitled TARZAN AND THE DIAMOND OF ASHER , which is adapted from the novel, Tarzan And The Forbidden City. Deep in the heart of Africa rises a mighty cone-shaped mountain, an extinct volcano, in the huge crater of which lies The Forbidden City of Asher... To reach this stronghold two safaris endure hardships and perils that bring death to some and high adventure to all... One safari is bent on the rescue of the son of its leader... the other, headed by a wily and unscrupulous Oriental, seeks only the Father of Diamonds... And through the intrigue and mystery and the danger moves the majestic figure of Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle." This serial started on May 14, 1934, airing Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, consisting of 39 15-minute episodes. It was directed by Fred Shields and narrated by John McIntire. TARZAN AND THE FIRES OF TOHR While investigating the illegal activities of slave traders and ivory smugglers, Tarzan and his friend, Paul D'Arnot save a member of the Burton-Ashleigh Expedition from death. After learning that the expedition is lost, Tarzan agrees to lead the group out of the jungle. Little do they realize however, that they will soon be captured by a strange yellow race, and taken to the lost city of Tohr... There they face the dangers of the arena, rogue elephants and sacrifice to the Fires of Tohr - the result of a hidden lake of volcanic fire that shoots up through a pit to the very arms of the temple god, an idol carved in the likeness of a lion. Befriending the son of the ruler of a rival city who is held as a slave in Tohr, Tarzan and his friends face death at every turn. Love, hate, jealousy, and political intrigue - as well as courage and loyalty - all play parts in this thrilling serial produced under the personal direction of Edgar Rice Burroughs. (This series of 15-minute installments was transcribed but saw limited release. ) This series synopsis is by permission of the ERB magazine. TARZAN THE 1951 SERIES ON RADIO The Commodore Productions and Artists, Inc. production of Tarzan contains 75 episodes that were aired in 1951 and 1952. NOTE:  Updated Release! Version 2 . CD01 added children's record. CD04 replaced Killer at Large. Changed spelling on some shows. Changed dates of all shows to match initial broadcast date of 51-01-04 as reported in L.A. Times. Trimmed dead air from some shows. (20-October-2017). NOTE:  Updated Release! Version 1.1 . Modified CD1 and CD4 by correcting mislabeled shows on disc 4; adding missing shows including: 51-05-17 Lake of Blood, 51-09-06 Death Has Small Wings, 51-09-13 Tarzan's Magic Amulet,51-10-25 Small Packages, 52-05-01 Missing Element, 53-05-30 None So Blind; making minor changes to CD art and adding CD art (20-October-2016). OTRR Certification Information: Series Name: Tarzan Certification Status: OTRR Certified Accurate Certification Date: May 21, 2017 Certification Version: Version 2 Number of CDs: 4 From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group.  See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.


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