Tarzan and the Golden Lion (film)

Tarzan and the Golden Lion is a 1927 American Tarzan film directed by J. P. McGowan based on the 1923 novel of the same name written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It stars James Pierce as Tarzan, Frederick Peters as Esteban Miranda, Dorothy Dunbar as Jane, and Edna Murphy as Betty Greystoke. It also stars Boris Karloff as Owaza, a tribesman.[1] The film was distributed by the Film Booking Offices of America.

Tarzan and the Golden Lion
Directed byJ. P. McGowan
Produced byEdwin C. King
Written byWilliam E. Wing
Based onTarzan and the Golden Lion
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
StarringJames Pierce
Dorothy Dunbar
Edna Murphy
CinematographyJoseph Walker
Distributed byFilm Booking Offices of America
Release date
  • March 20, 1927 (1927-03-20)
Running time
57 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)



Tarzan and the Golden Lion was Pierce's only on-screen appearance as Tarzan. The next year, he married the daughter of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and the two went on to perform the voices of Tarzan and Jane in a Tarzan radio series from 1932 to 1936.

Preservation status

Considered a lost film for many decades - with Pierce trying in vain to locate a copy before his death - a complete print of the film was discovered in the 1990s.[2]


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