The character of Tarzan™ turns 100 years old this year. In celebration of that milestone, Bossier City’s Al Bohl and his daughter, filmmaker Allison Bohl now of Lafayette have produced a documentary entitled, Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle.
In August of 1917 an eclectic band of filmmakers, 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.
In line with a festival focusing upon this American symbol, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has proclaimed that April 13, 2012 to be Louisiana Tarzan Day honoring the historical significance featuring a Tarzan festival, yes, down in Louisiana.