1933 · Beverly Hills, CA
One of the best Tarzan films, and a landmark film in the history of film censorship. A big budget followup to MGM's first Tarzan film, "Tarzan and His Mate" featured a lengthy balletic swimming scene between Tarzan and a nude Jane, with Olympic swimmer Josephine McKim doubling for Maureen O'Sullivan, one of the first completely nude scenes in a Hollywood film. The scene, along with the occasionally breast and buttocks revealing costume worn by O'Sullivan in other scenes, ran afoul of newly appointed Production Code Administration head Joseph Breen, who was determined to more strictly enforce decency standards than his predecessor, the Code's namesake Will Hays.
The film was censored and changes were ordered by Breen. MGM appealed the decision to the Association of Motion Picture Producers but, despite the vigorous objections by Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg, it became the first film to lose such an appeal. In total, eleven minutes were cut from the film, including the swimming scene, making it one of the first films affected by the new, more censorious PCA, and one that sits clearly on the line demarcating the pre-Code and Code Enforcement eras.
In 1986 Ted Turner had the film restored to its original 116 minute version, and it is that version that is available for home viewing today.
A story set in Africa, shot on location in Silver Springs, Florida and various locations in California.
Pale blue titled wrappers, rubber-stamped production No. 1921 and VAULT COPY, dated July 8, 1933. Title page not present. 118 leaves, mimeograph duplication. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Good plus bound with two gold brads. (Inventory #: 131600)