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The working title of the film was Tarzan Against the World. A written prologue reads: "Beyond the last outpost of civilization, a mighty escarpment towers toward the skies of Africa-Uncharted on maps-A strange world-A place of mystery." Although the Copyright Catalog lists Loew's Inc. as the film's copyright claimant and there is a copyright statement on the film, the number and date listed, LP2061 on December 17, 1941, are incorrect in the Copyright Catalog, and the actual number and date have not been determined. The CBCS credits Matthew Boulton in the role of the "Portmaster," but that role was actually played by Miles Mander, who is credited onscreen. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, when the film began production, it marked the first time that M-G-M put two Tarzan films into production in the same year. Another Hollywood Reporter news item noted that Tarzan's New York Adventure was the first of 1,200 films to be shown for free to U.S. armed forces, and a 16mm print was flown to Iceland for its initial showing on 10 May 1942.
This film was the sixth and final film in M-G-M's "Tarzan" series and was the studio's last Tarzan film until their 1958 release, Tarzan's Fight for Life, directed by H. Bruce Humberstone and starring Gordon Scott and Eve Brent. Subsequent to the release of Tarzan's New York Adventure, series stars Johnny Weissmuller and John Sheffield continued their roles for a time with producer Sol Lesser, who released twelve Tarzan films through RKO, beginning with the 1943 film, Tarzan Triumphs. Although Hollywood Reporter news items indicate that Maureen O'Sullivan was initially to continue in the series as "Jane," pregnancy prevented her from appearing in Tarzan Triumphs and she never returned to the role. Frances Gifford initially took over the role, which went to Brenda Joyce in 1945. For additional information on the M-G-M and RKO Tarzan films and others featuring the Edgar Rice Burroughs character, please consult the Series Index, see the entry above for Tarzan Triumphs and see the entry for Tarzan, the Ape Man in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40.