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Release Date:
29 April 1945 (USA) See more »
Hidden City Of Women . . . Forbidden To Men !
A group of archaeologists asks Tarzan to help them find an ancient city in a hidden valley of women... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Actors Who’ve Played the Same Character the Most Times
 (From Cinelinx. 12 May 2014, 10:16 PM, PDT)

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

Tarzan Actress Joyce Dies
 (From WENN. 23 July 2009, 9:01 AM, PDT)

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If Tarzan had had a pet cheetah, would he have called it "Chimpanzee"? See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Johnny Weissmuller ... Tarzan
Brenda Joyce ... Jane

Johnny Sheffield ... Boy
Henry Stephenson ... Sir Guy Henderson
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Amazon Queen (as Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya)

Barton MacLane ... Ballister (as Barton Maclane)

Donald Douglas ... Andres (as Don Douglas)
Steven Geray ... Brenner
J.M. Kerrigan ... Splivens
Shirley O'Hara ... Athena
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frederic Brunn ... LaTour (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Dinghy Skipper (uncredited)
Margery Fife ... Amazon Woman (uncredited)
Christine Forsyth ... Amazon Woman (uncredited)
Margery Marston ... Amazon Woman #1 (uncredited)
Lionel Royce ... Basov (uncredited)

Directed by
Kurt Neumann 
Writing credits
John Jacoby (screenplay) and
Marjorie L. Pfaelzer (screenplay)

Edgar Rice Burroughs (based on the characters created by)

Produced by
Sol Lesser .... producer
Kurt Neumann .... associate producer
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
Cinematography by
Archie Stout (photography)
Film Editing by
Robert O. Crandall (film editor) (as Robert Crandall)
Production Design by
Phil Paradise 
Art Direction by
Walter Koessler 
Makeup Department
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist (as Norbert Miles)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott R. Beal .... assistant director
Art Department
James Altwies .... interiors (as James E. Altwies)
Sound Department
Jean L. Speak .... sound technician
Babe DeFreest .... stunt double: Shirley O'Hara (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Fleet Southcott .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Earl Moser .... wardrobe
Music Department
Paul Sawtell .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Bob Larson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and the Amazons" - USA (complete title)
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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:K-10 (1955) | Finland:S (1947) | Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (PCA #10464) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Continuity: After Jane dresses into her jungle attire, she calls down to Tarzan, who races into the tree house after her. She swings to the ground using a vine, then lands on the ground twice.See more »
Tarzan:Every time men bring guns, men bring trouble.See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949)See more »


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If Tarzan had had a pet cheetah, would he have called it "Chimpanzee"?, 15 January 2014
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

Tarzan has appeared on screen in nearly a hundred films, mostly made in the thirties, forties and fifties; they were often shown on television during my childhood and were a favourite of mine. Edgar Rice Burroughs' character was originally a British aristocrat abandoned in the jungle as a baby and raised by a tribe of apes, but these aspects of the story were often omitted from the later films. The basic set-up is that Tarzan lives in the African jungle with his wife (or girlfriend- the question of whether they actually possess a marriage certificate is discreetly avoided) Jane, their unimaginatively named teenage son Boy and their more imaginatively, but confusingly, named pet chimpanzee Cheeta. (If they had had a pet cheetah, would they have called it "Chimpanzee"?) This particular episode came out early in 1945, so includes a patriotic sub-plot involving Jane's return from England, where she has been working as an army nurse.

As its title suggests, this movie concerns a tribe of Amazons living in a mountain fastness not far from Tarzan's lair. The Amazons have a rather unusual society; all of its members are female (again, the question of how they reproduce is tactfully avoided), and all are young and attractive apart from their elderly Queen. A group of explorers turns up in search of Palmyria, the lost city of the Amazons. Tarzan, suspecting their motives, refuses to assist them, but Boy, believing he is aiding the advancement of science, is happy to do so. It is left to Tarzan to sort out the problems which result when some of the explorers try to steal the Amazons' treasures.

The film is, officially, set in Africa, but the film-makers do not seem to have been aiming at realism, at least not of the zoological variety, because the creatures inhabiting this particular jungle include Indian elephants, South American monkeys, Australian cockatoos, deer (native to Eurasia and the Americas but not Africa) and Canada Geese (North America). In fact, the only continent not represented here is Antarctica, and that is possibly only because no penguins were available at the time. Even some of the authentically African animals we see, such as lions and crowned cranes, are natives of the continent's savannas rather than its jungles.

Another strange thing about the film is that nearly all the cast are white. Tarzan, Jane and Boy are white, as are all the explorers. Even the Amazons, drawn partly from Greek mythology and partly from the pages of a "Wonder Woman" comic, are all Caucasian. The only black characters we see are a few servants and bearers. In fact, although the film is set in sub-Saharan Africa not a single black actor has a speaking role. I knew that Hollywood operated an unofficial colour bar in the forties, but I did not realise that it went quite as far as that.

Before he became the cinema's best-known Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller was an Olympic swimmer and won five gold medals in that sport. Truth to tell, if acting had been an Olympic sport he would not even have been a contender for a bronze medal, but he was cast more on the basis of his impressive physique than of his acting skills, and might have made more of an impression had he been able to deliver his lines in normal English. (Tarzan always speaks a sort of broken pidgin English, although Jane and Boy always speak normally). Moreover, his acting is no worse than that on display from a lot of his fellow cast members.

Despite some dodgy acting, dodgy zoology, banal plots and some covert racist assumptions, I have always had something of a soft spot for these old Tarzan films, doubtless based on my childhood memories. They have a certain innocence about them, taking place as they do in some idealised never-never land where good always triumphs over evil and the big man will always come swinging through the trees to sort everything out and put everything right. Although they were probably not made exclusively as children's entertainment, they have the sort of charm and sense of moral rightness which will always appeal to children, and to those adults who still remember their childhood with affection. 5/10

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