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.