Totò Tarzan

Totò Tarzan is a 1950 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Mattoli and starring Totò, Marilyn Buferd and Alba Arnova.[1] It is a parody of Edgar Rice Burroughs's novel Tarzan of the Apes. It was shot at the Farnesina Studios in Rome. The film's sets were designed by the art director Piero Filippone. As with Totò's other films of the era it was a commercial success, taking around 385 million lira at the box office.[2]

Totò Tarzan
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Directed byMario Mattoli
Produced byRomolo Laurenti
Written byAgenore Incrocci
Marcello Marchesi
Vittorio Metz
Furio Scarpelli
Marilyn Buferd
Alba Arnova
Music byArmando Fragna
CinematographyGiuseppe La Torre
Edited byOtello Colangeli
Cinematografica Distributori Indipendenti
Distributed byCinematografica Distributori Indipendenti
Release date
  • 31 October 1950 (1950-10-31)
Running time
85 minutes


Antonio is a foundling who has lived for years in the jungle along with the monkey Bongo. But one day a troop of scouts passed into the forests of the Congo and finds him out. Antonio is well reported in civil society, where he learned, not without many difficulties and funny situations, the usages of men. In addition egl falls also Iva, only girl to truly understand his suffering due to separation from its environment. In fact, Antonio discovers that he also came from a noble family and had inherited a substantial sum of money. This opportunity will be exploited by cruel colleagues of Iva to seize all the money taking advantage of the inability Antonio, but Iva protects him and soon the two find themselves in trouble. The project of the monkey Bongo will help Antonio and Iva against the wicked.



  1. ^ "New York Times: Totò Tarzan". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2011. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Chiti & Poppi p.371


  • Chiti, Roberto & Poppi, Roberto. Dizionario del cinema italiano: Dal 1945 al 1959. Gremese Editore, 1991.

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