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Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953)

Passed | | Action, Adventure | 18 June 1953 (USA)
Ivory poachers, headed by Lyra the She-Devil, Vargo and Fidel, capture a native tribe to carry their loot. Tarzan intervenes and is captured. Jane is also captured and believed killed, so ... See full summary »

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Kurt Neumann

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Karl Kamb (screenplay by), Carroll Young (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lex Barker ... Tarzan
Joyce Mackenzie ... Jane (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Raymond Burr ... Vargo
Monique van Vooren ... Lyra, the She-Devil
Tom Conway ... Fidel
Michael Granger Michael Granger ... Philippe Lavarre (as Michael Grainger)
Henry Brandon ... M'Tara, Locopo Chief
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Storyline

Ivory poachers, headed by Lyra the She-Devil, Vargo and Fidel, capture a native tribe to carry their loot. Tarzan intervenes and is captured. Jane is also captured and believed killed, so the despairing Tarzan endures endless torture until he learns she is alive. He rises to the occasion and leads his elephants in the usual victory stampede. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Action | Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzan Meets the Vampire See more »

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Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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At the time he made this film, Raymond Burr's career was on the ascendant. The following year, he played the villain Thorwald in Hitchcock's Rear Window, and starred in the English language material shot for the U.S. release of Godzilla. In 1958, he was cast as his best-remembered character, the title role in the long-running CBS series Perry Mason. See more »

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Barker Hangs Up the Role
14 August 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953)

** (out of 4)

Lex Barker's fifth and final time playing Tarzan is a rather strange one. In the film, ivory poachers (Monique Van Vooren, Raymond Burr) are wanting Tarzan to help him but when he refuses they try a different method. Poor Tarzan thinks that Jane (Joyce McKenzie) has been burned to death so in his depressed state he doesn't fight off the poachers when they capture him. They plan on forcing him to help but what Tarzan doesn't know is that Jane's still alive. TARZAN AND THE SHE-DEVIL has been called the very worse Tarzan from a major studio outside the Bo Derek version but I think that's a tad bit harsh. There's no question that it appears Barker was bored with the material and there's no question that we get one stupid scene after another but at the same time there are still a few decent elements here. I think the best thing going for the film is the performance by Raymond Burr. Everyone will always remember him for playing Perry Mason but he was a terrific villain and if you're unfamiliar with his bad guy roles you'd be doing yourself a favor by checking them out. He does a terrific job here playing the cool, laid back jerk who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Burr just has a certain snake-like quality about him and you can't help but see he's having a ball being as bad as he can. Van Vooren is also quite good as the leader of the poachers who isn't afraid to use a wink to get her way. McKenzie, the fifth person to play Jane in this five film series, isn't all that memorable but then again her screen time is very limited. Barker turns in his worse performance as the ape man as you can tell he's bored out of his mind and it's easy to see he's not too interested in anything that's going on. The story itself is a rather weak one and the ivory poachers thing had been done before and put to much better use. When it's all said and done, this is perhaps the worst of the Barker films but the supporting characters keep the film going. Without then I might have agreed that it's one of the worst films out there but the villains are good enough to where "B" movie fans might want to check this out (after they view the classic MGM Tarzan films of course).


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