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Tarzan's Peril (1951)

Approved | | Action, Adventure | 13 March 1951 (USA)
Escaped convicts are selling weapons to a warlike native tribe.

Director:

Byron Haskin

Writers:

Edgar Rice Burroughs (characters), Samuel Newman (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lex Barker ... Tarzan
Virginia Huston ... Jane
George Macready ... Radijeck
Douglas Fowley ... Herbert Trask
Glenn Anders ... Andrews
Alan Napier ... Commissioner Peters
Edward Ashley ... Conners
Dorothy Dandridge ... Melmendi, Queen of the Ashuba
Walter Kingsford ... Barney
Frederick O'Neal Frederick O'Neal ... King Bulam
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Escaped convicts are selling weapons to a warlike native tribe.

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DANGER on the Dark Continent! See more »

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Action | Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzan's Mate in Peril See more »

Filming Locations:

Africa See more »

Company Credits

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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This is one of two Lex Barker Tarzan films in which character actor Alan Napier appeared ( he was previously seen in Tarzan's Magic Fountain). Napier appeared in nearly 150 movies and television shows, including the horror classic The Uninvited and Danny Kaye's comic romp The Court Jester, but he's best remembered for playing Bruce Wayne's steadfast Butler Alfred in 120 episodes of the campy 1960s TV hit Batman. See more »

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53 minutes into the film one of the African tribesman is seen from behind, and on the shield he is holding can be seen the word "TOP", presumably for the extra to hold the prop correctly. See more »

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Tarzan Really Goes To Africa
16 July 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

RKO no doubt felt the acclaim that King Solomon's Mines and The African Queen received from the movie-going public and decided to splurge for some real African location shooting for Tarzan's Peril. As we learn here from IMDb, Tarzan's Peril was also supposed to be in color, but that footage was scrapped. But it was nice for once to see actual Africans and black American actors playing speaking roles. From the last of the Weissmuller films through the first two Barker Tarzans, the jungle hero was constantly discovering these lost white tribes in Africa and it was getting ridiculous.

Sad to say though the story was borrowed from any number of westerns and transferred to Africa. White men George MacReady, Douglas Fowley, and Glenn Anders are selling guns to the natives. The tribe under Queen Dorothy Dandridge refuses, but the tribe under King Frederick O'Neal doesn't and the latter subjugates the former until Tarzan straightens things out.

MacReady even in far worse pictures than Tarzan's Peril brings his own brand of serpentine villainy for us to savor. His character and Lex Barker have some history so a chance to even things up with Tarzan is too good to pass up. MacReady though is bad news for both Fowley and Anders as well.

Seeing Dorothy Dandridge is also a treat, she is one regal beauty as the queen of her tribe. Dandridge was two years away from her Oscar nominated Carmen Jones, the high point of her sad career.

Tarzan's Perils was definitely better than the first two Lex Barker Tarzans, but a pedestrian western plot bogs this film down.


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