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Stellan Windrow (born Vindruva) became film history's first Tarzan when hired by independent producer William "Smiling Bill" Parsons to play the famous jungle man in Tarzan of the Apes (1918). Windrow, however, had only finished a few tree-swinging tests when he defected to join the navy; Elmo Lincoln replaced him. A college athlete, the tall Swedish-American later worked for Paramount at Joinville outside of Paris and, later still, appeared in a couple of Swedish films, Hjärtats Röst (1930) and Den Farliga Leken (1930). He served in the American Red Cross during World War II and later worked as a magazine photographer.
Tarzan of the Apes (1918) (uncredited) .... Tarzan, tree-swinging
Hjärtats röst (1930) .... Wells
Den farliga leken (1930) .... Bob Dugan
Halvvägs till himlen (1932)
Trådlöst och kärleksfullt (1931) (production manager)
... aka Television: Swedish Version
Stellan riding on the outside of the boat,
dragging his feet in the water.
The "special train of five cars, two of which contained properties used in the picture"
ready for unloading onto the boat moored at the right.
Unknown young man
riding on the outside of the boat
Bayou Teche filmed from the boat.
Apparently the crew who worked on Tarzan of the Apes at Bayou Teche.
Note the sign at the left advertising beds at twenty-five cents.
Behind the crew is what looks to be a map showing various canals.
These three pictures are certainly the acrobats brought along to Morgan City
both to act and to train Stellan Windrow.
They would have included Eddie DeComa and Harold DeGarro.
Headquarters for National Film Corporation's filming of Tarzan of the Apes.
Producer Bill Parsons in the garden just outside the studio.
Producer Bill Parsons returning to his studio from the garden.
The reverse of this photo contains some writing in Swedish (see below) which could translate:
Part of the garden used/rented/filmed/developed by the studio.
Mr. P [the film's producer, Bill Parsons] in (a) robe of flowers [?]
The reverse of this picture contains some writing in Swedish (see below); it translates:
Two of the guys/fellows who are constructing/developing/making up the head for
our production. This head is (the) "Roly-Poly man who lives in Slumberland."
An unidentified man sitting at a desk (the photo is
among Stellan's Bayou Teche pictures).
A large blow-up of the poster behind the man's head advertizes the 1916 movie Joan the Woman starring Geraldine Farrar and directed by Cecil B. DeMille.
The two pictures of DeMille shown below bear a resemblance to the man shown here; what his connection with Tarzan may have been I do not know.
On the other hand, maybe it's Edgar Rice Burroughs.
He "was on hand during the shooting to make sure that his novel wasn't distorted." (Gabe Essoe, "Tarzan of the Movies," p. 14)
from The Films of Cecil B. DeMille by Gene Ringgold and DeWitt Bodeen (1969)
Elmo Lincoln and Edgar Rice Burroughs during the filming of "Tarzan of the Apes" (1918)
Scenes from the movie "Tarzan of the Apes" (1918)
31 minutes, 30 seconds into the film,
Tarzan (Elmo Lincoln) finds his ape mother Kala dead
after raising his arms in a scream of vengeance
Tarzan (Stellan Windrow) leaps* up into the vine-laden trees
* assisted by a ground-level trampoline
Stellan in World War I — Ensign in the United States Navy
Stellan in World War II (Sept 28, 1943, somewhere in North Africa)
American Red Cross workers William Forst, Bernard S. Cogan, and Stellan S. Windrow
haggling over the price of a small piece of glassware
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