WELCOME TO THE HOME OF

LEGEND OF TARZAN BROWN

-- A Native American Hero

A Screenplay Based on a True Story

"What is life?   It is the flash of a firefly in the night. ... It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -- Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior and orator

This site is in memory of a great champion runner from the past named  Ellison Myers "Tarzan" Brown.  A Narragansett Indian from Rhode Island, his tribal name was Deerfoot.  As a runner and a man living on the edge in a desperate era, he was fabulously fast -- an original and larger-than-life, wildly remarkable character.

I've long enjoyed reading of Tarzan's adventures in winning two Boston Marathons and as an Olympic athlete in the 1930s...   always with strong visuals which often had me wondering:  "so why hasn't somebody made this into a movie?" and  "what a shame that few people today -- even many in the running community -- know or care anything about this man's story."

So...  I set out to write a screenplay, a visual story based on the life of Tarzan Brown.   My intent was to keep it historically accurate but -- like Tarzan -- fast-flowing and entertaining.  The most recent draft is presented here in PDF and HTML format, along with some pictures and other links.  My goal is to share my vision of this story with all who care to look back into Tarzan's world in the 1930s.  This was the golden age of the Boston Marathon, but a time when even gifted, elite athletes had to struggle hard for mere scraps -- stark contrast to the rich rewards of today's superstars.

Kindest thanks to those who inspired and support this project.  Let's not let Tarzan's story fade away...

Hope you enjoy the "movie"   --  David Gary Wilson

 

 SCREENPLAY -- LEGEND OF TARZAN BROWN -- PDF                   VIEW LTB SCREENPLAY IN HTML                  PEABODY MUSEUM PROFILE

1936 BOSTON VICTORY .jpg                                 1939 BOSTON RECORD .jpg                               DEERFOOT OF THE NARRAGANSETT .jpg

Links

RunningMovies.com / New Produtions              RUNNER'S WORLD.com -- Running Shorts                   SCREENPLAY READING 101 .doc                                          

RunningPast.com                                                    CalgaryRoadrunners.com                                             RunnersWeb.com    

 

 

 Feedback is welcome & appreciated / please send to tarzbrown@shaw.ca