Tarzan of the Apes is a 1918 silent adventure film directed by Scott Sidney and starring Elmo Lincoln and Enid Markey. It is flawed, yet very pleasing and mostly successful early adaption. This is a more faithful adaption of it’s source material and mostly a more serious film which worked in it’s favor.
Elmo Lincoln is a solid Tarzan
I wouldn’t say he is the best one in the cinematic history, not for sure. But he is serviceable for the first ever actor to play this famous role and I found his performance pretty good. At times he was goofy, but at other times he was very likable.
Tarzan of the Apes Enid Markey is the more memorable performer
She is very pretty, highly charming and she stole the show for sure. The two are, as I said above, simply incredibly charming.
The other characters paled in comparison to these two with the exception of the Greystoke bunch
The Greystroke bunch are actually rather proactive and interesting for the short screen time that they got. But I have to say that the movie is at its most problematic when dealing with animal characters, especially the ape ones.
Credited to Simbasible
100 years ago, in 1918 the first filmed version of Tarzan of the Apes movie appeared.