Tarzan's Desert Mystery doesn't miss a thing with its quota of Nazi agents and gruesome animals, plus the usual Tarzan jungle scenes.
Tarzan’s Desert Mystery doesn’t miss a thing with its quota of Nazi agents and gruesome animals, plus the usual Tarzan jungle scenes.Picture [from a screen story by Carroll Young] opens with Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller), Boy (Johnny Sheffield) and the chimp Cheta setting out across a desert to find a cure-all herb ordered by Mrs Tarzan in London. On the way they run into Connie Bryce (Nancy Kelly), an American vaude performer who is on her way to warn a local sheik that Hendrix (Otto Kruger) and Karl (Joe Sawyer) are a couple of Nazi agents trying to stir up trouble. Things look tough for Tarzan and his crew when he is accused of stealing a stallion intended for the Sheik, and Connie is framed on a murder charge and sentenced to be hanged. Kelly turns in a workmanlike performance as an American magician. Weissmuller, young Sheffield and Cheta are per usual. Kruger just dosen’t belong as the Nazi. Film is nicely paced and photography highly effective.
Tarzan's Desert Mystery
Lesser/RKO. Director William Thiele; Producer Sol Lesser; Screenplay Edward T. Lowe; Camera Harry Wild, Russell Harlan; Editor Ray Lockert; Music Paul Sawtell; Art Director Hans Peters, Ralph Berger
(B&W) Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 70 MIN.
Johnny Weissmuller Nancy Kelly Johnny Sheffield Otto Kruger Joe Sawyer Lloyd Corrigan