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The scenario follows the book closely. Tarzan's son Jack (Korak to the apes) is kidnapped from England by Tarzan's old enemy Paulovich. He escapes into the African jungle with the help of ... See full summary »
Arthur J. Flaven,
Kamuela C. Searle,
P. Dempsey Tabler,
A letter from Jane, who is nursing British troops, asks Tarzan's help in obtaining a malaria serum extractable from jungle plants. Tarzan and Boy set out across the desert looking for the plants and wind up ruining a German's attempt to capture a wild horse. They arrive in an Arab city and rescue a stranded American lady magician, sentenced to be hanged for carrying a secret message to the Sheik. To obtain the plants, Tarzan must fight prehistoric monsters, Nazis, and so on. Written by
Ed Stephan <email@example.com>
When Tarzan and Boy walk across the hot, sandy desert on their way to get the medicine from the jungle, they both walk across it in their bare feet. Sand often gets extremely hot out in the desert, and both of them should be suffering from burns on the bottoms of their feet, but they do not. See more »
In this first Tarzan film made at RKO, Johnny Weissmuller gets an assignment from Jane to get some plant vines whereby medicine can be extracted. It's for her nursing work in London with the troops. The only place to get it is across a desert near a city called Bin Harreri. So Weissmuller, Johnny Sheffield as Boy and the ever present,annoying, but resourceful Cheetah set out on Tarzan's Desert Mystery.
The film should have been called Tarzan's Desert Intrigue because while there's no mystery involved there's a lot of intrigue. Along the way Tarzan and his gang pick up stranded vaudeville entertainer Nancy Kelly who's got a mission of her own from a sheik, a secret message to deliver to the sheik in Bin Harreri, Lloyd Corrigan. Pretty soon everybody's involved in the Bin Harreri political situation.
Which includes a couple of white outsiders played by Otto Kruger and Joe Sawyer. They're agents for the Nazis and plan to stir up trouble that the Reich can take advantage of. When Kelly is framed for the murder of Robert Lowery, Corrigan's son, everybody flees with the sheik and the Nazis after them.
Of course both missions are accomplished. The change from the Tiffany Studio MGM to RKO which was the lowest rank of the A studios is quite apparent in production values. Also I'm not quite sure why all those prehistoric monster footage from One Million BC was included except that it did provide a dandy end for one of the villains.
Tarzan's Desert Mystery is nice entertainment for the Saturday afternoon crowd back in the day. It's kind of dated for today's taste though.
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