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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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Boy
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Paul Hendrix
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Karl Straeder
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Sheik Abdul El Khim
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Prince Selim
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Magistrate
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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 (66) »

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Tarzan Defies Enemy Agents . . . in a hot-bed of Intrigue and Danger ! 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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1.37 : 1
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Tarzan fights Nazis for WW2 storyline. See more »

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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 »

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Boy: Well Tarzan, what are we waiting for?
Tarzan: Boy and Cheeta go back to escarpment now.
Boy: Aw Tarzan, be a sport. We wanna help you get the fever medicine.
Tarzan: Jane asks Tarzan to get fever medicine. Boy stay home.
Boy: Well Tarzan, I don't remember reading anything like that in Jane's letter.
Tarzan: Then Boy read letter again.
[hands letter to Boy]
Boy: Well, let's see.
[pretends to read]
Boy: Of course you must not think of leaving Boy and Cheeta this time. The great desert will be very educational for them.
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Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943) **1/2
13 February 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Pretty good second RKO Tarzan feature has the jungle man and his son Boy still going it alone in the absence of Jane, who remains in London nursing the wounded soldiers of WWII. Her most recent letter asks that Tarzan bring some jungle fever medicine to her, so he, Boy, and Cheeta travel across the desert to honor her request. Along the way, father and son meet a tough traveling lady magician named Connie (Nancy Kelly) who winds up tagging along with them and becomes the latest substitute for the missing Jane character. Though unlikable at first, she gradually settles in as a more amiable companion. Soon, the travelers become stranded in an Arab city where Tarzan gets jailed for stealing a stallion, and Connie becomes framed for murdering the son of a Shiek and is sentenced to death by hanging. In this film are more old familiar actors like Lloyd Corrigan (as the Sheik), Robert Lowery (the Prince), and Otto Kruger as another Nazi leader named Heinrich who is hiding out under the name of Hendrix. This entry also features giant jungle creatures, including a huge spider who snares Boy in its web, and man-eating plants. We're also treated to more of Cheeta's zany antics as well. **1/2 out of ****


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