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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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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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Tarzan Defies Enemy Agents . . . in a hot-bed of Intrigue and Danger ! See more »

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Adventure

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Trivia

The exterior sets appearing here as "Birherari" were later seen as the mythical Middle Eastern kingdom visited by Elvis Presley in Harum Scarum (1965). See more »

Goofs

When we first see Tarzan he is swimming in his loincloth. As he speeds through the jungle to fetch Jane's air mail letter he is seen swinging on a vine in an over a shoulder caveman outfit. When he arrives at the mail drop he is back in his loincloth. See more »

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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Connections

Followed by Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958) See more »

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Tarzan in the Lost Jungle
9 March 2003 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

Tarzan this time has to deal with scheming foreign nazis who are plotting against a local Sheik to takeover his land. They manage to have Tarzan put in jail and try to get his lady friend (as in only a friend) hanged. Finally Tarzan ends up in a mysterious jungle with some rather familiar slurpasaurs as well as giant venus flytraps and a giant spider. This Tarzan mixes in lost world elements which really don't work as well as the earlier Tarzan adventure. Also one really misses the lack of Jane's presence on screen. Sometimes enjoyable, sometimes not so much so.


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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 »

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Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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