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Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943)

Passed | | Adventure | 16 March 1944 (Mexico)
With Jane still away for the war effort, Tarzan and Boy set off to retrieve rare medicinal herbs, only to run into an American messenger, Nazi spies, and the mysterious desert's treacherous fauna and flora. Will they make it in one piece?

Director:

Wilhelm Thiele (as William Thiele)

Writers:

Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screenplay) (as Edward T. Lowe), Carroll Young (from a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Johnny Weissmuller ... Tarzan
Nancy Kelly ... Connie Bryce
Johnny Sheffield ... Boy
Otto Kruger ... Paul Hendrix
Joe Sawyer ... Karl Straeder
Lloyd Corrigan ... Sheik Abdul El Khim
Robert Lowery ... Prince Selim
Frank Puglia ... Magistrate
Philip Van Zandt ... Kushmet (as Phil Van Zandt)
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Storyline

A letter from Jane, who is nursing British troops, asks Tarzan's help in obtaining a malaria serum extractable from jungle plants. Tarzan and Boy set out across the desert looking for the plants and wind up ruining a German's attempt to capture a wild horse. They arrive in an Arab city and rescue a stranded American lady magician, sentenced to be hanged for carrying a secret message to the Sheik. To obtain the plants, Tarzan must fight prehistoric monsters, Nazis, and so on. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

TARZAN FACES HIS FIERCEST FOE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1944 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan's Desert Mystery 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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Future Academy Award Best Supporting Actor winner Ben Johnson was Tarzan's stunt double in the horse riding scenes. See more »

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Quotes

Boy: [to Connie] You oughta see our house in the jungle. It's really peaceful.
Tarzan: Boy wish he were home, eh?
Boy: Well, uh... Why don't you come and live with us, Connie?
Connie Bryce: Oh! Listen, you better not tempt me.
[Cheeta dances for joy]
Boy: Cheeta says yes. What do you say, Tarzan?
Tarzan: Connie used to big cities. Connie get lonesome here soon.
Connie Bryce: I've been lonesome all my life.
[Uncomfortable with the conversation, Tarzan leaves]
Connie Bryce: What's the matter, Boy? Did I say something to upset him?
[...]
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An enjoyable Tarzan adventure
24 April 2002 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

This is probably my favourite Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movie.

In this one, Tarzan and Boy (Johnny Sheffield) set out across the desert to get a medicine from a particular plant to send to Jane who is in Britain helping the war effort. She needs it to help wounded soldiers to fully recover. On the way, they bump into Nancy Kelly who plays a magician.

After escaping the Arab city, they reach the jungle where they discover time has stood still. The dangers they encounter trying to get the medicine are stock footage prehistoric monsters from One Million BC, giant man-eating plants, lions and, best of all, a giant spider whose web Boy gets trapped in. He escapes and the spider eats one of the baddies.

All the stars in this movie take good parts, especially the two Johnnies and Nancy Kelly, who makes a good substitute for Jane.

I enjoyed watching this movie and have seen several times. Watch it if you get the chance.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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