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Director:
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
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 27 October 2010, 11:01 AM, PDT)

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Follow-Up to TARZAN TRIUMPHS; Ape Man vs. Nazis, Part 2! 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
 
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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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Factual errors: 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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Edited from Tarzan Triumphs (1943)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Follow-Up to TARZAN TRIUMPHS; Ape Man vs. Nazis, Part 2!, 10 November 2006
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

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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