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Director:
Writers:
Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screenplay)
Carroll Young (from a story by)
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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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Cast

  (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
 
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)
 
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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Runtime:
70 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
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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Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
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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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
On A Mission From Jane, 21 May 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In this first Tarzan film made at RKO, Johnny Weissmuller gets an assignment from Jane to get some plant vines whereby medicine can be extracted. It's for her nursing work in London with the troops. The only place to get it is across a desert near a city called Bin Harreri. So Weissmuller, Johnny Sheffield as Boy and the ever present,annoying, but resourceful Cheetah set out on Tarzan's Desert Mystery.

The film should have been called Tarzan's Desert Intrigue because while there's no mystery involved there's a lot of intrigue. Along the way Tarzan and his gang pick up stranded vaudeville entertainer Nancy Kelly who's got a mission of her own from a sheik, a secret message to deliver to the sheik in Bin Harreri, Lloyd Corrigan. Pretty soon everybody's involved in the Bin Harreri political situation.

Which includes a couple of white outsiders played by Otto Kruger and Joe Sawyer. They're agents for the Nazis and plan to stir up trouble that the Reich can take advantage of. When Kelly is framed for the murder of Robert Lowery, Corrigan's son, everybody flees with the sheik and the Nazis after them.

Of course both missions are accomplished. The change from the Tiffany Studio MGM to RKO which was the lowest rank of the A studios is quite apparent in production values. Also I'm not quite sure why all those prehistoric monster footage from One Million BC was included except that it did provide a dandy end for one of the villains.

Tarzan's Desert Mystery is nice entertainment for the Saturday afternoon crowd back in the day. It's kind of dated for today's taste though.

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