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Tarzan and the Amazons (1945)

Approved | | Action, Adventure | 29 April 1945 (USA)
A group of archaeologists asks Tarzan to help them find an ancient city in a hidden valley of women. He refuses, but Boy is tricked into doing the job. The queen of the women asks Tarzan to help them.

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Complete credited cast:
... Tarzan
... Jane
... Boy
... Sir Guy Henderson
... Amazon Queen (as Mme. Maria Ouspenskaya)
... Ballister (as Barton Maclane)
... Andres (as Don Douglas)
... Brenner
... Splivens
Shirley O'Hara ... Athena
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Tarzan and Boy joyfully welcome Jane back to Africa from her stay in London. On the same boat with her is Sir Guy Henderson, an archaeologist who is on an expedition to find the lost city of Amazon women. Not everyone in the expedition is there for its scientific value and some are simply in search of gold. Tarzan knows where the city is located but is a friend of the Amazons and refuses to share that with anyone. Boy, who secretly followed Tarzan during his last visit to the city, naively shows them the way leading to an inevitable clash. Tarzan comes to the rescue. Written by garykmcd

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STRANGE ADVENTURE...in the secret wonder city of pagan forest maidens. See more »

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Action | Adventure

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29 April 1945 (USA)  »

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Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and the Amazons  »

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Trivia

Returning after a several film absence, the character of Jane is played here by Brenda Joyce, replacing Maureen O'Sullivan, who had left the Tarzan films when RKO took over the franchise from M-G-M. Joyce would go on to play Jane in four subsequent Tarzan movies, then find herself frequently typecast as a jungle adventuress for the rest of her film career. See more »

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There are no deer in Africa, such as those shown in the opening sequence, peering at the water. See more »

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Tarzan: Cheetah like Jane. Want to set the world on fire.
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Followed by Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953) See more »

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"Sun like gold. Too much sun make people blind."
21 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

The ninth movie in the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan series (and third since the series moved from MGM to RKO) is also the first to feature an actress besides Maureen O'Sullivan playing Jane. In the first two RKO films, Jane was off helping with the war effort in England. Now it's time for her to come home but, alas, O'Sullivan wouldn't return to the part so it was recast with Brenda Joyce. Maureen is certainly missed but Brenda does a decent job and would play Jane for the remainder of the Weissmuller films. As I said, Jane returns home to Africa but she doesn't come alone. She brings with her some archaeologists who are interested in the lost city of the Amazons, a tribe of women warriors. Tarzan knows where the city is but won't tell them. If you've seen even one Tarzan movie before this, you should know the outsiders won't leave it alone. They convince Boy to lead them to the Amazon city, where they are not greeted with open arms.

I noticed Johnny Sheffield, the actor playing Boy, is in the middle of puberty by this point and his voice is noticeably deeper than the last film in the series. It's the sort of thing you probably only notice when you watch the series back to back. Sheffield's enjoyable, though Boy's a bit of a brat in this one. Cheeta, the series' regular scene stealer, is great as always. Henry Stephenson plays the kindly old lead archaeologist who has no clue how rotten his friends are. Barton MacLane makes a particularly slimy heavy. The Amazons are lovely young women in skimpy (for the time) outfits. Nothing wrong with that. Pretty Shirley O'Hara is the one given the most to do. Their leader is the awesome Maria Ouspenskaya. She's always a treat to watch. Nice sets and matte paintings. The Amazon stuff is lots of fun. As with all of the RKO Tarzan movies, this is a solid escapist adventure film. Nothing deep but good to watch on a lazy weekend.


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