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Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | January 1946 (USA)
As a spate of leopard attacks causes panic, a sceptical Tarzan joins a hunting expedition, only to face a pagan cult of Leopard-God worshippers and their fiendish High-Priestess. Can he escape the sharp claws of the savage Leopard Woman?

Director:

Kurt Neumann

Writers:

Carroll Young (original story), Carroll Young (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

An African tribe devoted to the leopard cult is dedicated to preventing civilization from moving further into Africa. Tarzan fights them when the cult first attacks a caravan and next attacks Jane and Boy. Tarzan is captured. Boy is bothered by the Leopard Priestess' younger brother. Cheetah saves the day. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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SWORN to bring back Tarzan's body for her fiendish jungle ritual! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and the Leopard Woman See more »

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Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The impassioned speeches Dr. Lazar (Edgar Barrier) delivers to the Leopard Tribe about protecting their cult and homeland feature gestures, facial expressions and vocal inflections clearly intended to remind 1946 audiences of Adolf Hitler. See more »

Goofs

The elephants depicted are Indian elephants, not African. See more »

Quotes

Tarzan: If an animal can act like a man, why not a man like an animal?
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Followed by Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959) See more »

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Tarzan saves Jane, Boy and "the Zambezi maidens" from freaky leopard-worshiping cult
14 January 2006 | by debillmireSee all my reviews

MY favorite of the Johnny Weisemuller Tarzan movies, contains great B-movie over-the-top performances and classic lines.

The Tarzan family's shopping trip to Zambezi is cut short by the arrival of a bloodied,dying man, the only survivor of a caravan apparently attacked by leopards. But the Jungle Man knows something is not quite right. "Man not killed by Leopard" he declares, pointing out that leopards use not just their claws but their teeth to kill. Challenged by skeptics to give an alternative explanation, he responds with the classic line "Something Leopard that isn't Leopard".

That something is this freakish cult of Leopard people,who enjoy dressing up in animal skins, attacking people, and ripping out their hearts to sacrifice to their god. They are led by Lea (Aquanetta) (based loosely on the character of the high priestess "La" in the Tarzan novels) and her lover, Lazar, a proto-environmentalist?- who is obsessed with stamping out civilization - a great "over-the-top performance by Edgar Barrier.("Away with them! Down with them!")

But the character to watch is "Kimba" Lea's brother, deliciously portrayed by Tommy Cook - as a conniving, sadistic little creep, who despises Lazar and harbors a not-so-secret lust for his sister and for Jane, the "lady with golden hair".

Taunted by his friends for his pretentiousness,Kimba boasts "When I come back,I will show you a heart". Kimba ingratiates himself into the Tarzan family, then turns on the unsuspecting Jane and Boy declaring "Now I take back TWO hearts". It stretches credulity when the bumbling Boy temporarily overpowers the clever and calculating Kimba.

Tarzan knows more about the ways of the jungle and its inhabitants than anyone, so of course NO ONE in the movie takes his warnings seriously until another caravan is attacked, and the "Zambezi maidens" (student teachers who have been hired to civilize the natives)are captured, along with the entire Tarzan family, and all are bound and prepared for sacrifice to the leopard god. Following classic adventure movie logic, the leopard folks bind Tarzan to the main support beam of their temple, providing him (with the aid of the ever-helpful Cheetah)not only with the opportunity to escape but to literally bring down the house. In a final moment of dramatic retribution, the dying Kimba finally gets his coveted heart - Lazar's heart.

As a kid, I just loved this movie, and I wish it were available on video or DVD. Does anyone know if it is going to be released?


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