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Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screenplay)
Carroll Young (from a story by)
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Release Date:
15 April 1944 (Sweden) See more »
Tarzan Defies Enemy Agents . . . in a hot-bed of Intrigue and Danger ! See more »
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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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) (as Phil Van Zandt)
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)

Directed by
Wilhelm Thiele  (as William Thiele)
Writing credits
Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screenplay) (as Edward T. Lowe)

Carroll Young (from a story by)

Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon characters created by)

Produced by
Sol Lesser .... producer
Kurt Neumann .... associate producer
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell (music score)
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (photography) (as Russ Harlan)
Harry J. Wild (photography) (as Harry Wild)
Film Editing by
Ray H. Lockert (film editor) (as Ray Lockert)
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Hans Peters 
Set Decoration by
Victor A. Gangelin (interiors) (as Victor Gangelin)
Stanley Murphy (interiors)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derwin Abrahams .... assistant director
Sound Department
Bailey Fesler .... sound technician
Jean L. Speak .... sound technician
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)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan's Desert Mystery" - USA (complete title)
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70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:K-12 | Norway:7 (1970) | Sweden:Btl | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #9117) | West Germany:6 (nf)

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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 »
Connie Bryce:Cut it out! You're queerin' my pitch!See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited from Tarzan Triumphs (1943)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943) **1/2, 13 February 2007
Author: JoeKarlosi from U.S.A.

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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