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TARZAN AND THE GOLDEN DAYS OF RADIO:
Programs available at Adventures in Cassettes
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http://www.aic-radio.com/


I. TARZAN OF THE APES - The first Tarzan appearance on radio ~ September 12, 1932 -- a syndicated serial that lasted for 286 episodes. It starred James and Joan Burroughs Pierce ~ the cast also included Gale Gordon ~ Cy Kendall ~ Jeannette Nolan ~ Hanley Stafford and Frank Nelson.
See ERBzine 0011  for a synopsis of the first 77 episodes in the Hillman collection. 

 
II. TARZAN AND THE DIAMOND OF ASHER:
Although originally broadcast in 1934, the following introduction was penned by Edgar Rice Burroughs for the announcer to read introducing a 1940 broadcast of Tarzan And The Diamond of Asher. 

"We bring you Tarzan, that immortal fictional character of Edgar Rice Burroughs, in a new and exciting serial entitled TARZAN AND THE DIAMOND OF ASHER, which is adapted from the novel, 'Tarzan And The Forbidden City.' Deep in the heart of Africa rises a mighty cone-shaped mountain, an extinct volcano, in the huge crater of which lies The Forbidden City of Asher... To reach this stronghold two safaris endure hardships and perils that bring death to some and high adventure to all... One safari is bent on the rescue of the son of its leader... the other, headed by a wily and unscrupulous Oriental, seeks only the Father of Diamonds... And through the intrigue and mystery and the danger moves the majestic figure of Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle."

This serial started on May 14, 1934, airing Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, consisting of  39 15-minute episodes.  It was directed by Fred Shields and narrated by John McIntire.

Read the ERBzin-e synopsis, analysis, and review of this series.
See CT20 Directory ERBzin-e 135.

CAST LIST

Tarzan     -  Carlton KaDell
 D'Arnot    -     Ralph Scott
 Helen      -  Karena Shields
Gregory    -   George Turner
Magra      - Jeannette Nolan
  Atan Thome -      Cy Kendall
Lal Taask  -      Don Wilson
 Wolf       -   Victor Rodman
Larson     -    Victor Potel
 Mitchell   - Fred Harrington

LOG
 Date          Day  Episode  Title

      May 14, 1934  Mon    1  Mistaken Identity
      May 16, 1934  Wed    2  The Map
      May 18, 1934  Fri    3  A Wolf Among The Sheep
      May 21, 1934  Mon    4  River Boat Of Danger
      May 23, 1934  Wed    5  The Gregory Expedition Begins
      May 25, 1934  Fri    6  The Ape Man Returns
      May 28, 1934  Mon    7  Legend Of The "Father Of Diamonds"
      May 30, 1934  Wed    8  Magra's Story
      Jun 01, 1934  Fri    9  Stampeding Thunder
      Jun 04, 1934  Mon   10  Reptile Death
      Jun 06, 1934  Wed   11  Voodoo Medicine
      Jun 08, 1934  Fri   12  Sting Of The Black Snake Whip
      Jun 11, 1934  Mon   13  Jungle Fury
      Jun 13, 1934  Wed   14  Desertion
      Jun 15, 1934  Fri   15  Night Attack
      Jun 18, 1934  Mon   16  Captives Of Al-Ton-Tome
      Jun 20, 1934  Wed   17  The Pact
      Jun 22, 1934  Fri   18  Helen Vanishes
      Jun 25, 1934  Mon   19  The Ancient Causeway
      Jun 27, 1934  Wed   20  Tu-Em-Baka Beckons
      Jun 29, 1934  Fri   21  The Death's Head
      Jul 02, 1934  Mon   22  Cave Of Dinosaurs
      Jul 04, 1934  Wed   23  The Land Of Tu-Em-Baka
      Jul 06, 1934  Fri   24  Escort To Ashair
      Jul 09, 1934  Mon   25  The City Of Ashair
      Jul 11, 1934  Wed   26  The Guardian Of The Diamond
      Jul 13, 1934  Fri   27  Al-Ton-Tome's New Alliance
      Jul 16, 1934  Mon   28  King Suten's New Prisoners
      Jul 18, 1934  Wed   29  Another Try For The Diamond
      Jul 20, 1934  Fri   30  The Queen's Offer
      Jul 23, 1934  Mon   31  The Diamond's New Owner
      Jul 25, 1934  Wed   32  Together Again
      Jul 27, 1934  Fri   33  Help From A Friend
      Jul 30, 1934  Mon   34  Royal Wedding
      Aug 01, 1934  Wed   35  The Tower Of The Sun
      Aug 03, 1934  Fri   36  Temple Of Ma-Chu
      Aug 06, 1934  Mon   37  Escape Plans
      Aug 08, 1934  Wed   38  Out Numbered
      Aug 10, 1934  Fri   39  Victory And Death

Reference: 
Frank Passage's entry in the OTR Logs site:
http://old-time.com/otrlogs/tda.log

 



III. TARZAN AND THE FIRES OF TOHR 1936:
While investigating the illegal activities of slave traders and ivory smugglers, Tarzan and his friend, Paul D'Arnot save a member of the Burton-Ashleigh Expedition from death. After learning that the expedition is lost, Tarzan agrees to lead the group out of the jungle. Little do they realize however, that they will soon be captured by a strange yellow race, and taken to the lost city of Tohr... There they face the dangers of the arena, rogue elephants and sacrifice to the Fires of Tohr—the result of a hidden lake of volcanic fire that shoots up through a pit to the very arms of the temple god, an idol carved in the likeness of a lion. Befriending the son of the ruler of a rival city who is held as a slave in Tohr, Tarzan and his friends face death at every turn. Love, hate, jealousy, and political intrigue—as well as courage and loyalty—all play parts in this thrilling serial produced under the personal direction of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
(This series of 15-minutes installments was transcribed but never released for broadcast. )

See the Duane Adams Fires of Tohr article and episode synopsis in ERBzin-e:
www.erbzine.com/mag6/0659.html
www.erbzine.com/mag6/0660.html
www.erbzine.com/mag6/0661.html


IV. TARZAN - LORD OF THE JUNGLE: 1951 - 1953
"From the heart of the jungle comes a savage cry of victory. This is Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle! From the black core of dark Africa... land of enchantment, mystery and violence comes one of the most colorful figures of all time. Transcribed from the immortal pen of Edgar Rice Burroughs—Tarzan, the bronzed, white son of the jungle!”

This Commodore series was first broadcast in 1951. The CBS re-broadcast of this series of 67 stand-alone, 1/2 hour episodes started on March 22, 1952 and ran until June 27, 1953. Starring Lamont Johnson.

PROGRAM TITLES:
1. The Siren Of Omdur Mara - 2. Tarzan And The Manuema - 3. Black Gold Of Africa - 4. Black Ivory 1 - 5. Tarzan And The Coward - 6. The Female Of The Species - 7. Tarzan And The Killer - 8. Jungle Legacy - 9. Jungle Orchids - 10. Gold Coast Robbery - 11. Life Or Death - 12. D For Diamond And Death - 13. Pirates Of Cape Bandera - 14. Lake Of Blood - 15. Jungle Heat - 16. Jungle Hijackers - 17. Tarzan And The Stranger - 18. Arab Vengeance - 19. Tarzan In Captivity - 20. Gold of the Sudan - 21. Stolen Jewels - 22. The Drum Without A Heart 1 - 23. Danger Off San Lorenquo - 24. Terror At Night - 25. Headhunters Of Yambesi - 26. Trophy Room - 27. Death Has Small Wings - 28. Tarzan's Magic Amulet - 29. The Strange Book Of Araby - 30. Cathedral Of The Congo - 31. The City of Sleep - 32. Jungle Odds - 33. Small Packages - 34. Adventure on the Road to Timbuctu - 35. Strange Island - 36. African Thanksgiving - 37. Hunter's Fury - 38. Congo Murder - 39. The Strange Book Of Araby (Repeat) - 40. Congo Christmas - 41. The Siren of Omdur Mara (Repeat) - 42. The Hand of Death - 43. Man From Another World - 44. Quicksands of Wadehara - 45. Trail of Death - 46. Killer At Large - 47. Paradise Island - 48. Demon of Rongu - 49. Hooded Death - 50. Simba Hodari - 51. Omen of the Emerald - 52. Volcano of the Sun - 53. Jungle Orchids 34 (Repeat) - 54. End Of The World - 55. Arena Of Death - 56. Jungle Smoke - 57. Evidence Destroyed - 58. The Missing Element - 59. New Death - 60. The Lipagor - 61. The Hot Rod Kid - 62. Mask Of Monotiki - 63. None So Blind - 64. Night Riders Of Tomkia - 65. The American Family Robinson - 66. The Long Journey - 67. Two In The Bush - ??. Hooded Death - ...not broadcast... Tarzan And The Decoy ... Across A Continent ... Curse Of The Pharaohs ... Tarzan's Mistake
(Thanks to Buxton & Owen's Radio's Golden Age, Munango-Keewati, AVPRO, Jay Hickerson et al)


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