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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.

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Escaped convicts are selling weapons to a warlike native tribe.

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The film was originally shot in color, but more than half of it was ruined on location. It was converted to black and white, the remaining footage winding up in later pictures. 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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Follows Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938) See more »

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Tarzan Really Goes To Africa
16 July 2011 | by See 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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