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19 February 1943 (USA) See more »
Zandra, white princess of a lost civilization, comes to Tarzan for help when Nazis invade the jungle... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Johnny Weissmuller ... Tarzan

Frances Gifford ... Zandra
Johnny Sheffield ... Boy
Stanley Ridges ... Col. von Reichart
Sig Ruman ... German Sergeant (as Sig Rumann)
Philip Van Zandt ... Capt. Bausch
Rex Williams ... Lt. Reinhardt Schmidt
Pedro de Cordoba ... Patriarch
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louis Adlon ... German Officer in Berlin (uncredited)
Sven Hugo Borg ... Heinz (uncredited)
Stanley Brown ... Achmet (uncredited)

George Lynn ... Nazi Pilot (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Pallandria Man (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... Grüber (uncredited)
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Gen. Hoffman in Berlin (uncredited)
William Yetter Sr. ... Nazi Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Wilhelm Thiele  (as William Thiele)
Writing credits
Roy Chanslor (screenplay) and
Carroll Young (screenplay)

Carroll Young (from a story by)

Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon the characters created by)

Produced by
Sol Lesser .... producer
Wilhelm Thiele .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
Cinematography by
Harry J. Wild (photography) (as Harry Wild)
Production Design by
Harry Horner (production designed by)
Art Direction by
Hans Peters 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clem Beauchamp .... assistant director
Sound Department
John C. Grubb .... sound technician
Babe DeFreest .... stunt double: Frances Gifford (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elmer Ellsworth .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Hal C. Kern .... supervising editor (as Hal Kern)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan Triumphs" - USA (complete title)
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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 (1956) | Finland:K-16 (1947) | Norway:7 (1972) | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8892)

Did You Know?

Produced during the war, the plot was very anti-German. The film was directed by Austrian born Wilhelm Thiele, credited as William Thiele.See more »
Continuity: When Tarzan is fighting the Nazis, he rips the magazine off a machine gun and tosses it to the ground. A moment later, one of the Nazis starts climbing to the top of the building to use the gun, and you can see the magazine still there. Yet when the Nazi arrives at the gun, the magazine is missing again.See more »
Tarzan:Nazi hyena dead now.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Diary of a Rape (1971)See more »


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Jerry of the Jungle, 31 March 2014
Author: flapdoodle64 from Portland, OR, United States

'Now...Tarzan Make Propaganda!'

A lot of people seem to have a bias against the RKO Tarzan films, but in truth, it was MGM which gradually morphed the Tarzan franchise from A-picture status to B-picture status, gradually reducing the budget and running time of each picture. And MGM had a bad habit of recycling footage from previous entries in the many times did audiences have to watch the trapeze-vine and the crocodile-wrestling scenes?

In fact, it was probably a good thing that the franchise migrated from MGM to RKO, because RKO made some of the best B-pictures of all time, including many classy ones like the Val Lewton horror series, whereas MGM treated their B-pictures like red-headed step-children. Here we get a brand-new plot and a good script, and we get to see Tarzan fighting a bunch of WW2 Jerries. Thanks to Indiana Jones, it turns out that Nazis are timeless villains, which likely would have surprised the creators of this film, who clearly were content to make a fun propaganda piece.

Above all other considerations, we get Weissmuller and his distinctive portrayal of Tarzan. Maureen O'Sullivan, who was wonderful in her own right and who brought out the best in Weissmuller, is absent here, but we find that Our Hero delivers a good-to-excellent performance throughout, being strangely moving in the scene where Boy reads Jane's letter and his righteous fury is very effective when he utters this famous line: 'Now...Tarzan make war!'

Frances Gifford was an excellent choice as the beautiful and brave princess Zandra, who besides being eye-candy for the adolescents and adults in the audience, has very good chemistry with Weissmuller. Perhaps the chemistry is a little too good...Zandra attempts to persuade Tarzan to help by engaging in some enjoyable flirtation...if Jane had seen the two swimming and sunbathing together, if she had seen Zandra leaning her head on Tarzan's bare chest in a moment of despair, she might not have come back from London in 'Tarzan and the Amazons.'

The MGM Tarzan films were marred by blatantly racist depictions of African tribes. For some reason, the RKO Tarzans seem to have few dark- skinned African tribes, but numerous groups of hidden pale-skinned cities. I don't know why RKO's fictional Africa was populated this way, but I will speculate that it may be due to the fact that in WW2, the US govt. made certain efforts to squelch racism in the media, due to the fact that excessive racial oppression was deemed bad for the war effort. DC Comics, who published the Justice Society of America, did some anti-racism comics during the war, at the behest of the War Department.

Whatever the reason, we are spared the usual bad African stereotypes, but at the same time, it is odd to think of an Africa inhabited mostly by pale-skinned people.

The action and violence in this film are, by the standards of B-movies and Weissmuller Tarzans, very good and satisfying, particularly the sequence where Tarzan tracks and taunts the lead Nazi. Sig Ruman, who played Sgt. Shultz in my favorite Christmas movie, 'Stalag 17,' plays a comedy-relief Nazi here, to good effect.

The Nazis go to Africa seeking oil and strategic mineral wealth, and they use military domination to secure their holdings...the Jerries' troops were called 'Africakorps.' Today, the USA and other military powers are still active in many African nations, perpetrating intrigue, fomenting violence, allying themselves with unsavory characters and regimes, so as to secure petroleum and strategic minerals, such as coltan, which is vital for cell phones and personal electronics. The USA has 'Africom.' Now more than ever, the world needs a Tarzan. Barring that possibility, at least we can watch and contemplate this fun adventure.

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