Tarzan's Magic Fountain

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Tarzan's Magic Fountain
Poster - Tarzan's Magic Fountain 01.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Lee Sholem
Written by Curt Siodmak
Henry Chandlee
Based on Characters created by 
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Starring Lex Barker
Brenda Joyce
Albert Dekker
Evelyn Ankers
Cinematography Karl Struss
Edited by Merril G. White
Distributed by RKO
Release dates
  • February 5, 1949 (1949-02-05) (U.S.)[1]
Running time 73 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Tarzan's Magic Fountain is a 1949 Tarzan film starring Lex Barker as Tarzan and Brenda Joyce as his companion Jane. The film also features Albert Dekker and Evelyn Ankers, was co-written by Curt Siodmak, and directed by Lee Sholem.

This was Barker's first appearance as Edgar Rice Burroughs' ape-man, while Joyce had played Jane opposite Johnny Weismuller as Tarzan in four previous films. She was one of only two actresses to portray Jane in movies with two different actors as Tarzan. (The other was Karla Schramm in the silent era.) Tarzan's Magic Fountain was Joyce's final turn in the role, and different actresses played Jane in each of Barker's four subsequent Tarzan movies: (Vanessa Brown, Virginia Huston, Dorothy Hart, and Joyce MacKenzie). Elmo Lincoln, who had been the first screen Tarzan three decades earlier, appears uncredited as a fisherman repairing his nets.


Ankers portrays an aviatrix who walks out of the jungle looking decades younger than her chronological age due to a secret fountain of youth but gradually begins a terrifying accelerated aging process. Against Tarzan's wishes, she and Jane begin a desperate search for the fountain.



  1. ^ "Tarzan's Magic Fountain: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 

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