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Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943)

Passed | | Adventure | 16 March 1944 (Mexico)
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 ... See full summary »

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(screenplay) (as Edward T. Lowe), (from a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Paul Hendrix
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Karl Straeder
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Sheik Abdul El Khim
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Prince Selim
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Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted) (as Phil Van Zandt)
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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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desert | sheik | nazi | horse | medicine | See All (67) »

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CHEER as Boy and Cheetah outwit Tarzan's captors! See more »

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Adventure

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16 March 1944 (Mexico)  »

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Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan's Desert Mystery  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Follow-Up to TARZAN TRIUMPHS; Ape Man vs. Nazis, Part 2!
10 November 2006 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

Following the HUGE success of TARZAN TRIUMPHS, RKO released TARZAN'S DESERT MYSTERY, which again offered Nazi villains (Otto Kruger, who'd played a similar role in Hitchcock's SABOTEUR, a year earlier, and veteran screen baddie Joe Sawyer), an American girl magician (vivacious Nancy Kelly, who sings a mean "Boola Boola"), and a chance to combine Nazi duplicity with an 'Arabian'-themed adventure (which was popular escapism during the war years). Even a fantasy element was tossed in, as giant lizards and a mechanical spider 'passing' as 'prehistoric' appear in a 'lost jungle' climax.

The plot is simple; Jane (at this point serving as a military nurse in London), sends Tarzan a letter, asking him to send his jungle fever remedy. The ingredients are in a 'lost' jungle, across a vast desert, leading Tarzan, Boy, and Cheeta into the adventure...

Dated, certainly, but a very enjoyable RKO Tarzan entry!


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