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Tarzan and the Slave Girl (1950)

Approved | | Action, Adventure | 21 June 1950 (Mexico)
As Jane and the local tribeswomen are abducted one by one by the wild Lionians, Tarzan attempts to persuade their prince to accept a potent medicament for his ailing men, while the girls face certain death. Can Tarzan set them free?

Director:

Lee Sholem

Writers:

Hans Jacoby (screenplay), Arnold Belgard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lex Barker ... Tarzan
Vanessa Brown ... Jane
Robert Alda ... Neil
Hurd Hatfield ... Prince of the Lionians
Arthur Shields ... Dr. E.E. Campbell
Anthony Caruso ... Sengo (as Tony Caruso)
Denise Darcel ... Lola
Robert Warwick ... High Priest
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Storyline

The Lionians are a tribe dying of a mysterious disease. Their Chief decides to kidnap Jane and Lola, a half-breed nurse, in order to help repopulate his civilization. Tarzan must rescue them while fending off blowgun attacks from people called the Waddies who are disguised as bushes. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Justice... Against Slavery...!! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1950 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzan and the Jungle Queen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Hurd Hatfield, who plays the prince of the Lionian tribe, had his two best roles at the very beginning of his career, debuting opposite Katharine Hepburn in Dragonseed, followed by his "big break," playing the title role in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). The fact that, five years later, he didn't even have billing on the poster for an RKO Tarzan film is indicative of how quickly his fortunes diminished. Hatfield continued working into the early 1990s, mostly in B movies and on television, but was never again to achieve the promise of those first two roles. See more »

Goofs

The "sound effect" of a warbling jungle bird, heard throughout this film, sounds suspiciously like the work of a human bird caller, rather than the call of an actual avian creature. See more »

Quotes

Lola: [callling for Tarzan] Tarzan!
Tarzan: Lola call.
Jane: When Lola call, Tarzan run.
Tarzan: Jane run, too.
Jane: [jealous] Yeah, Jane run, too!
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Followed by Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957) See more »

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Too Bland and Boring for an Adventure Film
9 August 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Tarzan and the Slave Girl (1950)

** (out of 4)

Incredibly flat entry was Lex Barker's second stint as Tarzan. This time out he must do battle with some weird lion-worshipers who are kidnapping women from local tribes because they are dying of a mysterious disease. Instead of getting proper medication, the tribe instead plans to repopulate their village with new women including Jane (Vanessa Brown). This second entry in the "new" RKO series is a pretty boring and uninteresting affair because the silly story could have worked as camp but sadly the material is just so poorly directed that you can't even laugh at it. I think the film gets off to a rather good start but this all goes down the tubes as soon as you see one of the men dying of some sort of fit. I'm not sure if the director could only film this scene once and they were stuck with whatever they got but the acting by this person is just so bad and his flopping around on the group so laughable that you can't help but wonder why no one ordered a second take. Things don't get much better from this point on as we see Tarzan and his friends (including Cheetah) walking down one trail after another trying to locate this mysterious tribe. This is part of the problem because this little adventure contains no excitement, no energy and certainly doesn't make for a very good time. The entire story involving the lion-worshipers is rather silly but I don't fault the film for this. After all, most of the plot lines in this series were rather silly but what really kills the picture is that the director simply doesn't add any life to what's going on. Baxter is just so-so in his role of Tarzan, which really isn't good considering he's the star. In an introduction I saw to the film it was said that Brown had an I.Q. of 165 but you certainly couldn't tell that by her performance. She comes off incredibly dumb like as Jane and it's easy to see why she wasn't brought back for a second picture. Hurd Hatfield is pretty forgettable as the main worshiper but Denise Darcel does bring some life and fight to the picture as the doctor's assistant who falls for Tarzan. TARZAN AND THE SLAVE GIRL runs a sluggish 74-minutes and sadly there's very little to be found here.


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