Al Bohl is a great friend of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and all of the ERB fan groups. His documentary Tarzan, Lord of the Louisiana Jungle, which he produced with his daughter Allison Bohl, (and which you can buy here) tells the story of the filming of the first Tarzan film in Louisiana. Check out the trailer:
Now comes an article from the New Orleans Times Picayune that tells the story and cites Al extensively.
When a movie uses the word “legend” in the title, in most cases it’s little more than hyperbole. But that’s not necessarily the case for Warner Bros.’ “The Legend of Tarzan.”When it swung into theaters this past weekend – racking up a respectable $45 million in the process — it marked at least the 50th time Edgar Rice Burroughs’ famous character has graced the silver screen, which should easily qualify as legendary in most peoples’ book.
What’s more, that legend started in Louisiana.
More specifically, it began with “Tarzan of the Apes,” a silent film that landed in theaters in 1918 – just six years after the publication of Burroughs’ first “Tarzan” story – and which was shot 99 years ago this year in Morgan City. In so doing, it made Hollywood history, marking what is considered the first time a major feature film shot on location outside of California or New York.
Why Morgan City? “That’s what everybody seems to be interested in,” said filmmaker Al Bohl, who chronicled the making of the film in his 2012 documentary “Lord of the Louisiana Jungle,” which he produced with daughter Allison Bohl.