The Revenge of Tarzan

The Revenge of Tarzan (1920) is a silent adventure film, originally advertised as The Return of Tarzan, and the third Tarzan film produced. The film was produced by the Great Western Film Producing Company, a subsidiary of the Numa Pictures Corporation. The film was sold to Goldwyn Pictures for distribution.

The Revenge of Tarzan
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Directed byHarry Revier
George M. Merrick
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Written byRobert Saxmar
Based onThe Return of Tarzan
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
StarringGene Pollar
Karla Schramm
Estelle Taylor
Armand Cortes
Franklin B. Coates
Numa Pictures Corporation
Distributed byGoldwyn Pictures
Release date
  • May 30, 1920 (1920-05-30)
Running time
90 minutes
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The film was written by Robert Saxmar, based on the 1915 novel The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and directed by Harry Revier and George M. Merrick. It was released on May 30, 1920.


Tarzan and Jane are traveling to Paris to help his old friend Countess de Coude, who is being threatened by her brother, Nikolas Rokoff. Rokoff has Tarzan tossed overboard. He survives, comes ashore in North Africa, and goes to Paris to search for Jane.

In Paris, Tarzan reunites with his old friend Paul D'Arnot, who informs him that Jane was taken to Africa.

Tarzan returns just in time to save Jane from a lion attack, and soon defeats Rokoff and his henchmen.


Production notes

The production filmed on location in New York, Florida, and Balboa, California.

Karla Schramm returned to portray Jane in The Son of Tarzan (opposite P. Dempsey Tabler as Tarzan), also released in 1920. She and Brenda Joyce are the only two actresses who have portrayed Jane opposite two different Tarzans.

Gene Pollar, a former firefighter, made no other films, and returned to his old job after the film was completed.

Outside the United States, the film is known by its working title, The Return of Tarzan. The title was changed for its American release in July 1920.[1] A previously known print was destroyed in the 1965 MGM vault fire. While usually reported as a lost film, a complete print exists under the title "The Return of Tarzan" in the BFI/National Film And Television Archive in London, England.[2] Preservation status of the print is unknown.

See also


  1. Progressive Silent Film List: The Return of Tarzan at
  2. "Return of Tarzan, The". American Silent Feature Film Database. Library of Congress. September 14, 2016. Retrieved September 20, 2016.


  • Essoe, Gabe. Tarzan of the Movies (Citadel Press, 1968)
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