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Writers:
Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screenplay)
Carroll Young (story)
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Release Date:
15 April 1944 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Tarzan Defies Enemy Agents . . . in a hot-bed of Intrigue and Danger ! See more »
Plot:
A letter from Jane, who is nursing British troops, asks Tarzan's help in obtaining a malaria serum extractable from jungle plants... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Johnny Sheffield obituary
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Disappointing entry forces re-cast of Jane See more (17 total) »

Cast

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Johnny Weissmuller ... Tarzan

Nancy Kelly ... Connie Bryce
Johnny Sheffield ... Boy

Otto Kruger ... Paul Hendrix
Joe Sawyer ... Karl Straeder
Lloyd Corrigan ... Sheik Abdul El Khim
Robert Lowery ... Prince Selim
Frank Puglia ... Magistrate
Philip Van Zandt ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bobby Barber ... Turban Vendor (uncredited)
John Berkes ... Charlie (uncredited)

John Dehner ... Prince Ameer (uncredited)
Dice ... Jaynar (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... Achmed (uncredited)
George J. Lewis ... Ali Baba Hassan (uncredited)
Nestor Paiva ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Bewildered Camel Herdsman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Wilhelm Thiele  (as William Thiele)
 
Writing credits
Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screenplay) (as Edward T. Lowe)

Carroll Young (story)

Edgar Rice Burroughs (characters)

Produced by
Sol Lesser .... executive producer
Kurt Neumann .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
 
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan  (as Russ Harlan)
Harry J. Wild  (as Harry Wild)
 
Film Editing by
Ray H. Lockert  (as Ray Lockert)
 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Hans Peters 
 
Set Decoration by
Victor A. Gangelin  (as Victor Gangelin)
Stanley Murphy 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derwin Abrahams .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Bailey Fesler .... sound technician
Jean L. Speak .... sound technician
 
Stunts
Ben Johnson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elmer Ellsworth .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
 
Other crew
Ralph McCutcheon .... horse trainer (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan's Desert Mystery" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
70 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Revealing mistakes: During Connie's escape from the hanging, when she jumps on the horse behind Tarzan her hands are tied securely behind her back for the hanging, but she cannot hold on like that. She is subsequently shown with empty sleeves tied behind her back as they gallop away, and then with her arms behind her again as she sheds the rope (clearly not tied at all) and grabs onto Tarzan.See more »
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Edited from Tarzan Triumphs (1943)See more »

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Disappointing entry forces re-cast of Jane, 17 June 2007
Author: petick

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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