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Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943)

A letter from Jane, who is nursing British troops, asks Tarzan's help in obtaining a malaria serum extractable from jungle plants. Tarzan and Boy set out across the desert looking for the ... See full summary »

Director:

Wilhelm Thiele (as William Thiele)

Writers:

Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screenplay) (as Edward T. Lowe), Carroll Young (from a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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)
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Storyline

A letter from Jane, who is nursing British troops, asks Tarzan's help in obtaining a malaria serum extractable from jungle plants. Tarzan and Boy set out across the desert looking for the plants and wind up ruining a German's attempt to capture a wild horse. They arrive in an Arab city and rescue a stranded American lady magician, sentenced to be hanged for carrying a secret message to the Sheik. To obtain the plants, Tarzan must fight prehistoric monsters, Nazis, and so on. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Tarzan Defies Enemy Agents . . . in a hot-bed of Intrigue and Danger ! See more »

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1944 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan's Desert Mystery See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The exterior sets appearing here as "Birherari" were later seen as the mythical Middle Eastern kingdom visited by Elvis Presley in 1965's Harum Scarum. See more »

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Quotes

Boy: [to Connie] You oughta see our house in the jungle. It's really peaceful.
Tarzan: Boy wish he were home, eh?
Boy: Well, uh... Why don't you come and live with us, Connie?
Connie Bryce: Oh! Listen, you better not tempt me.
[Cheeta dances for joy]
Boy: Cheeta says yes. What do you say, Tarzan?
Tarzan: Connie used to big cities. Connie get lonesome here soon.
Connie Bryce: I've been lonesome all my life.
[Uncomfortable with the conversation, Tarzan leaves]
Connie Bryce: What's the matter, Boy? Did I say something to upset him?
[...]
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The Spider Strategem
5 December 2001 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

When I was growing up and Tarzan pictures were shown regularly on a local television station every saturday morning, this is the one I and my friends would wait for: the one with the giant spider. It's not the best of the series otherwise, but has an interesting locale (North rather than sub-Saharan Africa), and a non-Jane leading lady for the big guy (Nancy Kelly). I can't recall whether Tarzan and Miss Kelly get together romantically, but she was a most attractive woman and a nice change of pace for the series, which was beginning to run out of gimmicks. Otto Kruger makes a pretty good, refined villain; his small, slight stature contrasts interestingly with Weisssmuller's. But it's the spider most people remember best from this film, and it's big, furry one with a sticky web and eight disturbingly agile legs. I've never cared much for arachnids, and don't know anyone who does, and so just watching the movie was both a trial and a thrill, as I could only hope I would behave with such bravery and resourcefulness as the swinging hero of the film were I caught up in a similar circumstance.


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