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Director:
Writers:
Edgar Rice Burroughs (characters)
Carroll Young (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 May 1948 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Tarzan at His Best !
Plot:
Boy is away at school in England. The high priest is trying to force a young girl to marry an evil pearl trader posing as the god Balu... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A light-hearted Tarzan Adventure See more (22 total) »

Cast

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Johnny Weissmuller ... Tarzan
Brenda Joyce ... Jane
George Zucco ... Palanth, the High Priest
Andrea Palma ... Luana, Mara's Mother
Fernando Wagner ... Varga, Pearl Trader
Edward Ashley ... Commissioner
John Laurenz ... Benji
Gustavo Rojo ... Tiko, Mara's Fiancé
Matthew Boulton ... British Inspector-General

Linda Christian ... Mara
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Silvia Derbez ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Salvador Godínez ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Magda Guzmán ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Ana Luisa Peluffo ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Lilia Prado ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Florey 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edgar Rice Burroughs  characters
Albert DePina  uncredited
Carroll Young  screenplay
Carroll Young  story

Produced by
Sol Lesser .... producer
Joseph Noriega .... associate producer (as Joe Noriega)
Julian Lesser .... assistant producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Draper 
 
Art Direction by
McClure Capps 
 
Costume Design by
Norma Koch  (as Norma)
 
Production Management
Antonio Guerrero Tello .... associate production manager
Ray Heinz .... production manager
John Mari .... associate production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Briskin .... assistant director
Jaime Contreras .... associate assistant director
Moisés Delgado .... associate assistant director (as Moises Delgado)
 
Art Department
Gunther Gerszo .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
James L. Fields .... sound supervisor (as James Fields)
Rafael Ruiz Esparza .... associate sound mixer
 
Stunts
Ángel García .... stunt double: Johnny Weissmuller (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gabriel Figueroa .... associate photographer
Raúl Martínez Solares .... associate photographer
 
Editorial Department
John Sheets .... associate editor
Merrill G. White .... supervising editor (as Merrill White)
 
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... musical director
 
Other crew
Miguel M. Delgado .... associate director
Bob Larson .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and the Mermaids" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
68 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:S | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #12894) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
Johnny Weissmuller's stunt double Ángel García allegedly was killed while performing the famous cliff dive into the ocean at Acapulco, Mexico. Local authorities rejected this claim as Hollywood publicity. Another source said Garcia survived the fall but died when the surf slammed him into the rocks. John Laurenz, who played the singing postman Benji, never made mention of any such incident in his popular radio program or in his article on the filming of this movie. No newspaper articles (Mexico, Hollywood or otherwise) from that time have been revealed noting the event.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Tarzan wears shoes in this movie, and the shoes have the ability to appear and disappear between shots. When he goes after Mara and her kidnappers, he has on what appear to be sandals. During the times he is in the cave, the shoes appear and disappear. Later on, when Tarzan is attacked by an octopus, he has no shoes on, and after he kills it, the shoes are back on his feet.See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1955)See more »
Soundtrack:
Fairwell, Fair MermaidSee more »

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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A light-hearted Tarzan Adventure, 10 June 2006
Author: physyu from Myanmar

The vine swinging here is pretty good and the background music better than even some of the so called better Tarzan films involving higher expense. Within the budget constraints that this film was produced - and I don't believe Weissmuller was paid anywhere like handsomely- this is a Tarzan film with light-hearted humor with some very unexpected but entertaining swimming and diving scenes with a dash of adventure . I particularly find the fight with the octopus refreshingly good and rather picturesque and reminds one of Hogarth's drawings of Tarzan fighting an octopus in once famous comic series. The difficult under-water scenes are done very well particularly the scene in which Tarzan battles his many youthful enemies with great swimming skill and craft: he appears agile, strong and a champion in the water that he was. He does quite a bit of rigorous cliff climbing like a mountain lion looking very fit and lion-like and diving into the water here again he appears strong and agile.The grand finale in which he hurled the impostor "Balu" from a high cliff is quite impressive. When his adversaries invaded his "estate" he defended his house and home like a true jungle lord ,throwing some over his head and punching others away as if the were toys! I appreciate Weissmuller's self confidence in asking for a "raise" for the continuation of the Tarzan contract which was terminated with the lame excuse that he was out of shape. More than a dozen or so Jungle Jim adventure films in which Weismuller now "fully clothed" did a bit of vine swinging ,a lot of swimming,diving and fought lions,leopards and tigers showed that Weissmuller could get back into shape again and was fit and strong enough to carry on for a few more years as the one and only Tarzan if only he was given a fair chance.

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