Lord of the Louisiana Jungle Website Debuts!
of the Louisiana Jungle and the original silent motion picture classicTarzan
of the Apes. Please take a few moments to visit the entire site.
this year. In celebration of that milestone, Bossier
City’s Al Bohl and his daughter, filmmaker Allison Bohl
now of Lafayette have teamed up to produce a
feature-length documentary entitled, Tarzan:
Lord of the Louisiana Jungle.
actors and circus acrobats fought malaria, unbearable
heat and the swamp of the Louisiana Atchafalaya River
Basin to bring to the silver screen the best-selling book
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was an
instant hit with audiences, considered one of the top six motion pictures of the
silent era, and one of the first 10 films to earn over one million dollars at the
box office. The film was shot in Morgan City, Louisiana.
and his daughter combed through
hundreds of photos and documents
and videotaped up to seventy hours
of interviews and locations. They
interviewed scholars, authors,
historians, fans, experts in merchandise,
actors, an expert in primates,
the curator of the Burroughs’ collection and
the family of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Their travels in Louisiana included
Morgan City, New Orleans, Patterson and Baton Rouge. They also
gathered interviews in Los Angeles and Tarzana, California. More footage
was taped in Ohio, Kentucky and Chicago, Illinois.
original Tarzan of the Apes silent film
and added an entirely new orchestral
musical score written by Kermit Poling
of Shreveport. The success of the movie
Tarzan of the Apes spawned over 40
authorized sequels and 6 television shows.