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Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953)

Approved | | 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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... Tarzan
... Jane (as Joyce MacKenzie)
... Vargo
... Lyra, the She-Devil
... Fidel
Michael Granger ... Philippe Lavarre (as Michael Grainger)
... M'Tara, Locopo Chief
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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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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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A group of native warriors friendly to Tarzan demonstrates their skills with various weapons. When they hurl boomerangs, the wires used to suspend the weapons in the air can be seen. See more »

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Followed by Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1955) See more »

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Typical Tarzan, maybe a little better than most.
1 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

Tarzan looks like a real hero of the '90's here, not only stopping illegal ivory poaching but upholding human rights by foiling some latter-day slave trading. This time it's one of those curiously light-skinned tribes that inhabit Central Africa in some of his movies.

The film's title is something of a misnomer. The nominal she-devil here is Monique van Vooren, who sponsors the poachers, but she's a pussycat compared to Raymond Burr, full into his "heavy" role. This was the last time around as Tarzan for Lex Barker, no reason to shed any tears, though admittedly the character isn't one you can do a whole lot with. Joyce Mackenzie was the fourth actress in a row to give a single performance as Jane, and she does an OK job. There are some nice scenes of domestic bliss with the happy couple in this movie. All in all this is just another Tarzan flick, not so great, a little better than most. But you always knew what you were getting with these movies.


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