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January 1946 (USA) See more »
An Exotic Beauty Rules The Jungle !
An African tribe devoted to the leopard cult is dedicated to preventing civilization from moving further into Africa... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Johnny Sheffield ... Boy

Acquanetta ... Lea, the High Priestess
Edgar Barrier ... Dr. Ameer Lazar
Dennis Hoey ... Commissioner
Tommy Cook ... Kimba

Anthony Caruso ... Mongo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Barron ... Caravaneer (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Native Passerby (uncredited)
Ray Dolciame ... Leopard Boy (uncredited)
Iris Flores ... Zambesi Maiden (uncredited)
Bobby Frasco ... Leopard Boy (uncredited)
Helen Gerald ... Zambesi Maiden (uncredited)
'King Kong' Kashey ... Tongolo the Terrible (uncredited)

George J. Lewis ... Corporal (uncredited)
Doris Lloyd ... Miss Wetherby, School Superintendent (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Snake Charmer (uncredited)
Lillian Molieri ... Zambesi Maiden (uncredited)
Neyle Morrow ... Soldier (uncredited)
Charles Regan ... Leopard Man (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ... Ivory Merchant (uncredited)
John Roth ... Leopard Man (uncredited)
Bobby Samrich ... Leopard Boy (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Leopard Man (uncredited)
John Shay ... Soldier (uncredited)
Kay Solinas ... Zambesi Maiden (uncredited)
Robert Strong ... Leopard Man (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Leopard Man (uncredited)
Tony Urchel ... Zambesi townsperson (uncredited)
Marek Windheim ... Silk Merchant (uncredited)

Directed by
Kurt Neumann 
Writing credits
Carroll Young  original story and
Carroll Young  screenplay

Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon the characters created by)

Produced by
Sol Lesser .... producer
Kurt Neumann .... associate producer
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell (music score by)
Cinematography by
Karl Struss (photography)
Film Editing by
Robert O. Crandall (film editor)
Production Design by
Phil Paradise 
Art Direction by
Lewis H. Creber  (as Lewis Creber)
Makeup Department
Irving Berns .... makeup artist
Production Management
Clem Beauchamp .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott R. Beal .... assistant director
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound technician
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Martien .... wardrobe
Other crew
Lester Horton .... dance director
Olga Celeste .... leopard trainer (uncredited)
Bob Larson .... production assistant (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and the Leopard Woman" - USA (complete title)
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72 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #11099) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Continuity: Two crocodiles are on the river bank that the raft with the women on it drift toward. After Tarzan goes to save the women, he moves the raft to another shore, except it looks like the same shore, minus the crocodiles, making one wonder where the crocodiles went to. For that matter, they don't even attack the women when they're close enough.See more »
Lea, the High Priestess:And the man that interfered his fate too shall be death. Right before he dies, he shall see his woman and his boy slain.See more »
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Referenced in The Yum Yum Girls (1976)See more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Tarzan faces torture, 13 April 2007
Author: petick

This is one of the two best RKO Tarzan films. I must disagree with a previous comment that Johnny Weissmuller had shown signs of weight gain in this movie. On the contrary, this was probably the best he had looked as Tarzan since the MGM days. He had lost quite a bit of the weight he had in the earlier RKO films and his physique had regained quite a bit of its definition. With the weight loss, one can see his pectorals regain the muscularity that made him "king of the jungle."

Likewise, watching the movie, you can see that RKO looked to capitalize on Weissmuller's improved physique by trimming his loincloth to its perhaps briefest form since Tarzan Escapes, where quite a bit of pelvic and hip area is exposed for his adoring female fans. Additionally, RKO somehow shifted the appeal in their Weissmuller films from the romance of Tarzan and Jane and geared it more towards Tarzan's conflict or cozy surroundings with other attractive females. The titles of the later films (Amazons, Leopard Women, Huntress, & Mermaids) reflect this, which in a way is unfortunate because I felt Brenda Joyce made quite a lovely Jane and wish they would have retained more of the romance from the Maureen O'Sullivan films.

As previously mentioned, this film features a very suggestive adult scene like none other in the Weissmuller Tarzan series. While attempting to rescue the Zambesi maidens, Tarzan is attacked and captured by the "leopard men" wearing steel claws, leaving Tarzan with countless deep scratches all over his body.

Tarzan is then brought to the cult's cave and is bound before the cult's beautiful queen, Lea. Lea attempts to extract information from a weakened Tarzan, who refuses to reply. Lea then retrieves a Spanish tickler and begins to slowly approach Tarzan with intention to further inflict torture on the jungle man.

This scene strongly intimates a sexual dominatrix theme with the scantily clad Lea approaching the bound and helpless Tarzan, clad only in his loincloth, prepared to torture him with additional clawing of Tarzan's chest and body.

Indeed, a brilliant camera angle appears as Lea is slowly approaching Tarzan. The claw is held outward in a way where it appears in the foreground over Tarzan's left pectoral at all times, as if Lea intends to claw his chest open.

While Lea is stopped from further attacking Tarzan, the suggestive nature of the scene was quite different and thrilling for adult Tarzan audiences. While Tarzan had always been able to conquer giant hungry crocodiles, other wild animals, and devious men alike, here the "King of the Jungle" has been rendered utterly helpless at the hands of a beautiful woman.

Likewise, Weissmuller's chest was quite the sexy symbol of his strength, prowess, and manhood as Tarzan. And the threatened emasculation of him at the hands of Lea was a large part of the film's promotion effort, proving quite unique and titillating for both male and female audiences.

Certainly the appeal of this scene lies in viewing a scantily clad, visually appealing physique being threatened with peril they may not be able to escape from. Usually this is accomplished pulp style in monster movies where a dainty swimsuit wearing beautiful lady is captured by the monster. But here the tables are turned with Tarzan nearly naked in the submissively helpless and vulnerable state, with the hint of sexual tension between he and his beautiful torturer.

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