Tarzan is growing old. After all these years of swinging through the trees and giving out with an occasional blood-curdling yell to thrill the kids in the front row, he's finally showing signs of age. Latest Tarzan film is bogged down by stock situations, unimaginative production and direction indicating Sol Lesser, producer of the series since he purchased the rights from Metro, is having difficulty keeping up the standard.

Tarzan is growing old. After all these years of swinging through the trees and giving out with an occasional blood-curdling yell to thrill the kids in the front row, he’s finally showing signs of age. Latest Tarzan film is bogged down by stock situations, unimaginative production and direction indicating Sol Lesser, producer of the series since he purchased the rights from Metro, is having difficulty keeping up the standard.

Story has Tarzan out to break up a belligerent tribe of natives who dress up in leopard skins with iron claws – the situation found in quickie serials. Apeman dosen’t give out with his famous call once during the picture and, instead of bringing in the herd of elephants that used to get Tarzan out of trouble in the old days, story falls back on another cliche to let the hero free himself in the nick.

Brawny Johnny Weissmuller still makes a presentable Tarzan but he, too, shows signs of age, with a growing waistline and a minimum of athletic antics. Brenda Joyce is a decorative Jane, and little Johnny Sheffield does some good work as Boy. Acquanetta wears a beautiful sarong as the high priestess of the leopard clan. Leopard men’s dances, staged by Lester Horton, resemble a high school gym class warming up. Karl Struss’ camerawork and Paul Sawtell’s score, however, belong on the credit side.

Tarzan and the Leopard Woman

Production

Lesser/RKO. Director Kurt Neumann; Producer Sol Lesser; Screenplay Carroll Young; Camera Karl Struss; Editor Robert O. Crandall; Music Paul Sawtell; Art Director Phil Paradise

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 75 MIN.

With

Johnny Weissmuller Brenda Joyce Johnny Sheffield Acquanetta Edgar Barrier Dennis Hoey
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