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Tarzan vs. the Wolfman

No, that movie never happened. But wouldn’t it have been awesome if it had!

There ARE connections between the two characters, though, and not just in the conceptual sense. Both are metaphors for the blurring of the line between human being and animal. Tarzan is a man who was raised by beasts, the latest iteration of the “feral child” archetype found throughout history and legend, personified in characters such as Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, and Mowgli from THE JUNGLE BOOK. Mowgli and the twin brothers were reared by wolves and Tarzan by pithecanthropoids (not “apes” in the true sense, but a few notches above the apes on the evolutionary ladder). Larry Talbot, aka the Wolfman (I will continue to correct the grammatically incorrect original moniker of “wolf man”), becomes a more literal “man-beast”, transforming into a creature that is equal parts human and lupine.

There are other connections, though. Did you know, for example, that the 1949 film TARZAN’S MAGIC FOUNTAIN, which features the Ape-Man’s search for the Fountain of Youth, was co-written by Curt Siodmak, writer of 1941’s THE WOLFMAN, *and* that it starred Evelyn Ankers, who appeared opposite Lon Chaney Jr. in THE WOLFMAN and in numerous other films? And Maria Ouspenskaya, a mere two years after appearing in FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN, starred in TARZAN AND THE AMAZONS alongside Johnny Weissmuller?

The Evil Cheezman • September 23, 2018

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