Jungle Book Preview. Rudyard Kipling would be proud of this new version. Lovely, just like the prior ones, but with fantastic effects.
I have to admit a strong fancy for Jungle Book and I love this piece that director John Favreau posted.
Rudyard Kipling, along with Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tolkien and Lewis remain some of my strongest influences when it comes to portraying another world and lifestyle.
You'll find traces of all of them in my Baker Street Universe adventures starring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, along with the Jungle Lord, The Invisible Man, Count Dracula, Conan Doyle, Professor Challenger, Harry Houdini, Nicolas Tesla, Albert Einstein, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Thomas Edison, Madame Curie and other delightful fictional and non-fictional personalities.
Movie Serial. Golden age serial, The Lost City, Chapter 8: Human Targets. More fun and mayhem. Sci-fi and fantasy!
The thing about watching these oldies but goodies is how fraught they are...in today's terms and views...with politically incorrect attitudes and ways of dealing with people we no longer find amusing, kind or beneficial to partake in.
For example, the old cowboy movies which almost always showed the Indians fighting for booze and weapons and always on the warpath and after our women...
Mmmm. Sounds like some attitudes people in modern times have had towards other races. Or still do!
But I am not here to judge bad decisions, but rather to show how even in the worst of times for many, there are some sparks of good to be had.
Song of the South remains one of Disney's finest films in terms of animation and music, even though it wrongly pictures the contentment of slaves, held by their white masters. It focuses on the magic that a black man gives to a young boy and helps open up his eyes to a much larger world. So even then, there was the stirring of hope for the future, when the races would get along.
Disney has gone so far as to bury this movie in its vaults, to pretend it never sanctioned such thinking. But we know it wasn't so much that they hated black people, but they just didn't understand the equality of man at that time in the fifties and forties. Much has happened since then. Some good. Some bad. But overall the human race has made some progress, ever so slowly towards the balance that all within their heart of hearts hopes for.
In this serial we see the black race portrayed very savagely at times, and again, a silly portrayal created by the bias of some who lived in those times, and didn't want to see the equality of souls in all men and women.
Yes, there were savages in Africa. But were there not also savages in America? There is no country's or people's history free of barbarism and violence.
We just hope in the future that mankind outgrows its pettiness and tendency to judge and be harsh to those that we don't agree with.
Meanwhile, jumping off my political and soap box, here's another chapter of the Lost City.
Golden Age Serial. The Lost City. Chapter 5: Tiger Prey. A mix of jungle action, sci-fi, and fantasy.
One thing that the older movies have in common, which to today's audiences, might even be a bit standoffish is the portrayal of Indians and Africans.
While these elements are sometimes a bit jaded as far as their portrayals go, they remind us how much our country has grown over the years, and as we watch the politicians do their thing, how much more we have yet to go as a country.
Anyway, enjoy the old stuff for some of it was truly inspired, even if a bit jaded to us now.
Golden Age Movie Serial. The Lost City. Chapter 2: The Tunnel of Flame. A lost city in the jungle. Mad Scientist and bizarre experiments.
After a series of electrical storms disrupts the world, electrical engineer Bruce Gordon develops a machine to trace the cause of the disasters. He discovers that the source is in central Africa and, backed by the nations of the world, sets out on an expedition. Bruce learns that the disturbances emanate from an area called the Magnetic Mountain. But unknown to our hero and his pal Jerry, the Magnetic Mountain also contains a super-advanced secret city ruled by the tyrannical scientific wizard named Zolok, who has unleashed the electrical fury threatening civilization as part of his plan to conquer the world. Zolok has under his control a brilliant inventor, Manyus, Manyus' beautiful daughter Natcha and an army of giant African slaves, who follow the dictates of a strongman, Appolyn, and Gorza, a dwarf. Also in the mix are schemers Reynolds and Colton, who plan to capture Manyus and thereby gain control of Zolok's army, and a double-crossing fellow explorer named Butterfield. Can ... Written by Fiona Kelleghan <email@example.com>
Movie Serial. Jungle Jim. 1937. Chapter 12: The Last Safari, Spanish subtitles. Starring Johnny Weismuller, the best Tarzan ever! The End.
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Johnny Weissmuller, 1940
Born Peter Johann Weißmüller
June 2, 1904
Freidorf, Temes County, Romania Died January 20, 1984 (aged 79)
Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico Cause of death Pulmonary edema Years active 1929–76 Religion Catholic Spouse(s) Maria Brock Mandell Bauman (1963–84; his death)
Allene Gates (1948–62)
Beryl Scott (1939–48; 3 children)
Lupe Vélez (1933–39)
Bobbe Arnst (1931–33) Johnny Weissmuller (born Peter Johann Weißmüller; June 2, 1904 – January 20, 1984) was an American competition swimmer and actor best known for playing Tarzan in films of the 1930s and 1940s and for having one of the best competitive swimming records of the 20th century. Weissmuller was one of the world's fastest swimmers in the 1920s, winning five Olympic gold medals for swimming and one bronze medal for water polo. He won fifty-two U.S. National Championships, set more than fifty world records (spread over both freestyle and backstroke), and was purportedly undefeated in official competition for the entirety of his competitive career. After retiring from competitions, he became the sixth actor to portray Edgar Rice Burroughs's ape man, Tarzan, a role he played in twelve motion pictures. Dozens of other actors have also played Tarzan, but Weissmuller is by far the best known. His character's distinctive Tarzan yell is still often used in films.
Early life Weissmüller was an ethnic German, one of two boys born to Peter Weissmüller and his wife Elisabeth Kersch, who were both Banat Swabians, an ethnic German population in Southeast Europe. His generally accepted birthplace was in the Freidorf (Freidorf) suburb of the current city of Timișoara, Romania (German: Temeschburg) The village is in Romania. The records of St. Rochus Church in Freidorf show that Johann, son of Peter Weissmüller and Elizabeth Kersch, was baptized there on June 5, 1904. However, the ship's roster from his family's arrival at Ellis Island lists his birthplace as Párdány, Kingdom of Hungary, in what is today a village in Serbia, not far from the Romanian border.
The home of the family Weissmüller in Freidorf, Timișoara, Romania
The passenger manifest of the S.S. Rotterdam, which left Rotterdam on January 14, 1905, and arrived at Ellis Island in New York on January 26, 1905, lists Peter Weissmüller, a 29-year-old laborer, his 24-year-old wife Elisabeth, and seven-month-old Johann as steerage passengers. The family is listed as Germans, last residence Timișoara. After a brief stay in Chicago visiting relatives, they moved to the coal mining town of Windber, Pennsylvania. There, they intended to join their brother-in-law Johann Ott of Windber, Pennsylvania. On November 5, 1905, Johann Peter Weissmüller was baptized at St John Cantius Catholic Church in Windber. Peter Weissmuller worked as a miner, and his youngest son, Peter Weissmüller, Jr., was born in Windber on 3 September 1905. In the 1910 census, Peter and Elizabeth Weisenmüller as well as John and Eva Ott were living at 1521 Cleveland Ave in the 22nd Ward of Chicago, with sons John, age six, born in Temesvár and Peter Jr., age five, erroneously entered as born in Illinois. Peter Weissmüller and John Ott were both brewers, Ott emigrating in 1902, Weissmüller in 1904. The ethnic group known as Banat Swabians had lived for several centuries in that region and developed a distinctive dialect and cultural traits.
At age nine, Weissmüller contracted polio. At the suggestion of his doctor, he took up swimming to help battle the disease. After the family moved from Western Pennsylvania to Chicago, Weissmüller continued swimming and eventually earned a spot on the YMCA swim team. According to military draft registration records for World War I, Peter and Elizabeth were apparently still together as late as 1917. On his paperwork, Peter was listed as a brewer, working for the Elston and Fullerton Brewery. He and his family were living at 226 West North Avenue in Chicago. In his book, Tarzan, My Father, Johnny Weissmuller Jr. stated that although rumors of Peter Weissmüller living to "a ripe old age, remarrying along the way and spawning a large brood of little Weissmüllers" were reported, no one in the family was aware of his ultimate fate. Peter signed his consent for 19-year-old John "Weissmuller"'s passport application in 1924, preceding Johnny's Olympic competition in France. In the 1930 federal census, Elizabeth Weissmüller, age 49, has listed with her, sons John P. and Peter J., and Peter's wife Dorothy. Elizabeth is listed as a widow.
Careers Swimming Johnny Weissmuller Medal record Men's swimming Competitor for the United States Olympic Games 1924 Paris 100 m freestyle 1924 Paris 400 m freestyle 1924 Paris 4×200 m freestyle 1928 Amsterdam 100 m freestyle 1928 Amsterdam 4×200 m freestyle Water polo 1924 Paris Team As a teen, Weissmuller attended Lane Technical College Prep High School before dropping out to work various jobs including a stint as a lifeguard at a Lake Michigan beach. While working as an elevator operator and bellboy at the Illinois Athletic Club, Weissmuller caught the eye of swim coach William Bachrach. Bachrach trained Weissmuller and in August 1921, Weissmuller won the national championships in the 50-yard and 220-yard distances. Though he was foreign-born, Weissmuller gave his birthplace as Tanneryville, Pennsylvania, and his birth date as that of his younger brother, Peter Weissmuller. This was to ensure his eligibility to compete as part of the United States Olympic team, and was a critical issue in being issued an United States passport. (This comment seems to be contradicted by data on his actual passport application; on his 1924 passport application, he listed his date of birth as June 2, 1904, and his place of birth as Windbar, Pennsylvania. His father, Peter, signed an affidavit to this effect, giving his 19-year-old son permission to travel abroad to participate in the Paris Olympics and for other competitions in England and Belgium. His passport was issued in May, 1924.)
On July 9, 1922, Weissmuller broke Duke Kahanamoku's world record in the 100-meter freestyle, swimming it in 58.6 seconds. He won the title for that distance at the 1924 Summer Olympics, beating Kahanamoku for the gold. He also won the 400-meter freestyle and was a member of the winning U.S. team in the 4×200-meter relay. As a member of the U.S. water polo team, he also won a bronze medal. Four years later, at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, he won another two gold medals. It was during this period that Weissmuller became an enthusiast for John Harvey Kellogg's holistic lifestyle views on nutrition, enemas and exercise. He came to Kellogg's Battle Creek, Michigan sanatorium to dedicate its new 120-foot swimming pool, and would go on to break one of his own previous swimming records after adopting the vegetarian diet prescribed by Kellogg.
In 1927, Weissmuller set a new world record of 51.0 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle, which stood for 17 years. He improved it to 48.5 s at Billy Rose World's Fair Aquacade in 1940, aged 36, but this result was discounted as he was competing as a professional.
In all, Weissmuller won five Olympic gold medals and one bronze medal, fifty-two United States national championships, and set sixty-seven world records. He was the first man to swim the 100-meter freestyle under one minute and the 440-yard freestyle under five minutes. He never lost a race and retired with an unbeaten amateur record. In 1950, he was selected by the Associated Press as the greatest swimmer of the first half of the 20th Century.
Weissmuller would later, upon moving to the prosperous Bel Air section of Los Angeles, California, (specifically to an area known today as East Gate Bel Air), famously commission architect Paul Williams to design a large home with a 300-foot serpentine swimming pool that curled around the house (and which still exists to this day).
Weissmuller with an unidentified actress in Glorifying the American Girl (1929)
In 1929, Weissmuller signed a contract with BVD to be a model and representative. He traveled throughout the country doing swim shows, handing out leaflets promoting that brand of swimwear, signing autographs and going on radio. In that same year, he made his first motion picture appearance as an Adonis, wearing only a fig leaf, in a movie entitled Glorifying the American Girl. He appeared as himself in the first of several Crystal Champions movie shorts featuring Weissmuller and other Olympic champions at Silver Springs, Florida.
He co-starred with Esther Williams in Billy Rose's Aquacade during the New York World's Fair 1939–41, pursuing her throughout a span of two years.
His acting career began when he signed a seven-year contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and played the role of Tarzan in Tarzan the Ape Man (1932). The movie was a huge success and Weissmuller became an overnight international sensation. The author of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs, was pleased with Weissmuller, although he so hated the studio's depiction of a Tarzan who barely spoke English that he created his own concurrent Tarzan series filmed on location in Central American jungles and starring Herman Brix as a suitably articulate version of the character.
Johnny Weissmüller with Maureen O'Sullivan (Jane) in Tarzan's Secret Treasure
Weissmuller starred in six Tarzan movies for MGM with actress Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane and Cheeta the Chimpanzee. The last three also included Johnny Sheffield as Boy. Then, in 1942, Weissmuller went to RKO and starred in six more Tarzan movies with markedly reduced production values. Sheffield also appeared as Boy in the first five features for RKO. Brenda Joyce took over the role of Jane in Weissmuller's last four Tarzan movies (the first two RKO films had not featured Jane). Unlike MGM, RKO allowed Weissmuller to play other roles, though a three picture contract with Pine-Thomas Productions led to only one film, Swamp Fire, being made, co-starring Buster Crabbe. In a total of twelve Tarzan films, Weissmuller earned an estimated $2,000,000 and established himself as what many movie historians consider the definitive Tarzan. Although not the first Tarzan in movies (that honor went to Elmo Lincoln), he was the first to be associated with the now traditional ululating, yodeling Tarzan yell. (During an appearance on television's The Mike Douglas Show in the 1970s, Weissmuller explained how the famous yell was created. Recordings of three vocalists were spliced together to get the effect—a soprano, an alto, and a hog caller.)
When Weissmuller finally left the role of Tarzan, he immediately traded his loincloth costume for a slouch hat and safari suit for the role of Jungle Jim (1948) for Columbia. He made thirteen Jungle Jim films between 1948 and 1954. According to actor Michael Fox, Weissmuller would shoot two Jungle Jim films back to back with nine days filming for each with a break of two days between, then he would return to his home in Mexico. Within the next year, he appeared in three more jungle movies, playing himself due to the rights of the name "Jungle Jim" being taken by Screen Gems. In 1955, he began production of the Jungle Jim television adventure series for Screen Gems, a film subsidiary of Columbia. His costars were Martin Huston and Dean Fredericks. The show produced only twenty-six episodes, which were subsequently played repeatedly on network and syndicated television. Aside from his first screen appearance as Adonis and the role of Johnny Duval in the 1946 film Swamp Fire, Weissmuller played only three roles in films during the heyday of his Hollywood career: Tarzan, Jungle Jim, and himself.
After films According to David Wallechinsky's Complete Book of the Olympics, while playing in a celebrity golf tournament in Cuba in 1958, Weissmuller's golf cart was suddenly captured by rebel soldiers. Weissmuller sized up the situation, got out of the cart and gave his trademark Tarzan yell. The shocked rebels soon began to jump up and down, calling "Tarzan! Welcome to Cuba!" Johnny and his companions were not only not kidnapped, but were given a rebel escort to the golf course. However, Weissmuller did not perform the yell himself for the movies so the anecdote is dubious.
Weissmuller was an accomplished amateur golfer and played in two official PGA Tour tournaments, at the 1937 Western Open at Canterbury Golf Club outside Cleveland (87-85=172, missed the cut) and the 1948 Hawaiian Open (79-75-79-76=309) to finish in 37th place.
In the late 1950s, Weissmuller moved back to Chicago and started a swimming pool company. He lent his name to other business ventures, but did not have a great deal of success. He retired in 1965 and moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was Founding Chairman of the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF). He was inducted into the ISHOF the same year.
In September 1966, Weissmuller joined former screen Tarzans James Pierce and Jock Mahoney to appear with Ron Ely as part of the publicity for the upcoming premiere of the Tarzan TV series. The producers also approached Weissmuller to guest star as Tarzan's father, but nothing came of it. In the late 60s and early 70s, Weissmuller was involved with a tourist attraction called Tropical/Florida Wonderland, a.k.a. Tarzan's Jungleland, on US 1 in Titusville, Florida. It was a last-ditch effort to transform Florida Wonderland into something bigger. It failed when Weissmuller and the owners did not see eye to eye, it was shut down for good in 1973.
Weissmuller's face appeared in the collage on the iconic front cover of The Beatles' 1967 record album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Based on his interest in natural lifestyles, Weissmuller opened a small chain of health food stores called Johnny Weissmuller's American Natural Foods in California in 1969.
In 1970, he attended the British Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, where he was presented to Queen Elizabeth II. That same year, he made an appearance with former co-star Maureen O'Sullivan in The Phynx (1970).
Weissmuller lived in Florida until the end of 1973, then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he worked as a greeter at Caesars Palace along with boxer Joe Louis for a time. In 1976, he appeared for the last time in a motion picture, playing a movie crewman who is fired by a movie mogul (played by Art Carney) in Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood, and he also made his final public appearance in that year when he was inducted into the Body Building Guild Hall of Fame.
Weissmuller with his second wife, the Mexican actress Lupe Vélez in a newspaper press photo (1934).
Weissmuller had five wives: band and club singer Bobbe Arnst (married 1931 – divorced 1933); actress Lupe Vélez (married 1933 – divorced 1939); Beryl Scott (married 1939 – divorced 1948); Allene Gates (married 1948 – divorced 1962); and Maria Baumann (from 1963 until his death in 1984).
With his third wife, Beryl, he had three children, Johnny Weissmuller, Jr. (September 23, 1940 – July 27, 2006), Wendy Anne Weissmuller (b. June 1, 1942), and Heidi Elizabeth Weissmuller (July 31, 1944 – November 19, 1962).
Declining health and death In 1974, Weissmuller broke both his hip and leg, marking the beginning of years of declining health. While hospitalized he learned that, in spite of his strength and lifelong daily regimen of swimming and exercise, he had a serious heart condition. In 1977, Weissmuller suffered a series of strokes. In 1979, he entered the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California for several weeks before moving with his last wife, Maria, to Acapulco, Mexico, the location of his last Tarzan movie.
On January 20, 1984, Weissmuller died from pulmonary edema at the age of 79. He was buried just outside Acapulco, Valle de La Luz at the Valley of the Light Cemetery. As his coffin was lowered into the ground, a recording of the Tarzan yell he invented was played three times, at his request.
Influence His former co-star and movie son, Johnny Sheffield, wrote of him, "I can only say that working with Big John was one of the highlights of my life. He was a Star (with a capital "S") and he gave off a special light and some of that light got into me. Knowing and being with Johnny Weissmuller during my formative years had a lasting influence on my life."
For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Johnny Weissmuller has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, facing the star of Maureen O'Sullivan.
In 1973, Weissmuller was awarded the George Eastman Award, given by George Eastman House for distinguished contribution to the art of film.
Filmography Johnny Weissmuller in Film Year Film Role Notes 1929 Glorifying the American Girl Adonis Cameo appearance in the segment "Loveland" 1931 Swim or Sink Himself Short subject Water Bugs Himself Short subject 1932 Tarzan the Ape Man Tarzan The Human Fish Himself Short subject 1934 Tarzan and His Mate Tarzan 1936 Tarzan Escapes Tarzan 1939 Tarzan Finds a Son! Tarzan 1941 Tarzan's Secret Treasure Tarzan 1942 Tarzan's New York Adventure Tarzan 1943 Tarzan Triumphs Tarzan Complete title: Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan Triumphs Tarzan's Desert Mystery Tarzan Complete title: Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan's Desert Mystery Stage Door Canteen Himself 1945 Tarzan and the Amazons Tarzan Complete title: Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and the Amazons 1946 Tarzan and the Leopard Woman Tarzan Complete title: Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and the Leopard Woman Swamp Fire Johnny Duval 1947 Tarzan and the Huntress Tarzan Complete title: Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and the Huntress 1948 Tarzan and the Mermaids Tarzan Complete title: Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and the Mermaids Jungle Jim Jungle Jim 1948 The Lost Tribe Jungle Jim 1950 Mark of the Gorilla Jungle Jim Captive Girl Jungle Jim Alternative title: Jungle Jim and the Captive Girl Jungle Jim in Pygmy Island Jungle Jim Alternative title: Pygmy Island 1951 Fury of the Congo Jungle Jim Jungle Manhunt Jungle Jim 1952 Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land Jungle Jim Voodoo Tiger Jungle Jim 1953 Savage Mutiny Jungle Jim Valley of Head Hunters Jungle Jim Killer Ape Jungle Jim 1954 Jungle Man-Eaters Jungle Jim Cannibal Attack Johnny Weissmuller 1955 Jungle Moon Men Johnny Weissmuller Devil Goddess Johnny Weissmuller 1970 The Phynx Himself 1976 Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Stagehand #2 Television Year Title Role Notes 1956–1958 Jungle Jim (TV series) Jungle Jim 27 episodes See also Biography portal Olympics portal Swimming portal
Tedford Cann Men's 200-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)
May 26, 1922 – April 12, 1935 Succeeded by
Jack Medica Preceded by
Arne Borg Men's 400-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)
June 22, 1922 – December 9, 1924 Succeeded by
Arne Borg Preceded by
Duke Kahanamoku Men's 100-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)
July 19, 1922 – March 2, 1934 Succeeded by
Peter Fick Preceded by
Boy Charlton Men's 800-yard freestyle
world record-holder (long course)
July 27, 1927 – May 30, 1930 Succeeded by
Jungle Jim. 1937. Chapter 11: In the Cobra's Castle, Spanish Subtitles. Starring Johnny Weismuller of Tarzan fame!
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