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The Loin King: 1935

The Loin King: 1935

1935. "Actor Herman Brix, now named Bruce Bennett, played Tarzan in 1930s." RKO Radio Pictures photo from the 1948 Look magazine article "Princeton-Bred Tarzan." View full size.

 

Didn't grunt

These lines by author Gabe Essoe caught my eye: "Brix's portrayal was the only time between the silents and the 1960s that Tarzan was accurately depicted in films. He was mannered, cultured, soft-spoken, a well-educated English lord who spoke several languages, and didn't grunt." But he still changed his name from Herman Brix to Bruce Bennett to avoid the Tarzan typecasting.

Beards?

If Tarzan was a feral child raised by apes, and did not have contact with western civilization until he was an adult, why was he never seen with a beard?

Me, Jane

That is gorgeous photography of a very handsome man!

He wasn't just Tarzan

Bruce Bennett appeared in many classic films, especially at Warner Bros; lived to a ripe old age (died 2007, age 100). I wonder why he was never called on to contribute to a commentary track on the DVDs of movies like "Mildred Pierce" or "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre."

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