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Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943)

Passed  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  15 April 1944 (Sweden)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Johnny Sheffield ...
Boy
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Paul Hendrix
Joe Sawyer ...
Karl Straeder
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Sheik Abdul El Khim
Robert Lowery ...
Prince Selim
Frank Puglia ...
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Philip Van Zandt ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted) (as Phil Van Zandt)
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Storyline

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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15 April 1944 (Sweden)  »

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Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan's Desert Mystery  »

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Disappointing entry forces re-cast of Jane
17 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

This was probably the weakest of the Weissmuller adventures. The inclusion of Nancy Kelly as the female lead, Connie, was probably short-sighted. After the wonderful success of pairing Frances Gifford with Weissmuller in Tarzan Triumphs, RKO probably felt it could continue on with a new distressed damsel in each successive film with no Jane on the scene.

But as sensual as Frances Gifford was in Tarzan Triumphs, and the adoring chemistry she had with Weissmuller, Nancy Kelly came way short of even approaching those standards. Unfortunately, she had neither the chemistry with Tarzan nor the visual appeal to succeed in her role.

But as a result, RKO was forced to react to this outing by re-casting the beautiful Brenda Joyce as Jane, even though she was never given the romantic interludes with Tarzan that were a hallmark of the Maureen O'Sullivan pictures.

Add in a long absence of Tarzan in this picture, a departure from the jungle escarpment and some comical adventures with a cartoon-like man-eating plant and giant spider, and this film doesn't match up with the much better entries of the series.


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