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Master of Imaginative Fantasy Adventure
Creator of Tarzan and "Grandfather of American Science Fiction"
TARZAN AND THE GOLDEN DAYS OF RADIO:
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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.
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
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
Frank Passage's entry in the OTR Logs site:
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:
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.
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)