- There is a scene in which Tarzan, standing on a tree limb with Jane, pulls at Jane's scanty outfit and persuades her to dive into a lake with him. The two swim for a while and eventually surface. When Jane rises out of the water, one of her breasts is fully exposed. Because various groups, including official censors of the Hays Office, criticized the scene for being too erotic, it was cut by MGM.
- The "African" elephants were actually Indian elephants fitted with prosthetic tusks and ears, as MGM already owned several Indian elephants and considered them easier to handle.
- The nude swimming scene was eight minutes long in one cut of the film but conservative outrage forced MGM to cut the vast majority of the scene.
- Cedric Gibbons was replaced as director due to other duties as the head of MGM's art department. He was officially replaced by 'Jack Conway (I)' . Maureen O'Sullivan recalled that the actual direction was carried out by James C. McKay (uncredited as director), who was only billed as the animal director. Betty Roth (wife of animal supervisor Louis Roth) doubled for Maureen O'Sullivan for some close up lion scenes at the end of filming due to Maureen O'Sullivans absence for an appendectomy.
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