Tarzan and the Amazons

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Tarzan and the Amazons
Poster - Tarzan and the Amazons 01.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Kurt Neumann
Produced by Sol Lesser
Kurt Neumann
Written by John Jacoby
Marjorie L. Pfaelzer
based on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Starring Johnny Weissmuller
Brenda Joyce
Johnny Sheffield
Henry Stephenson
Maria Ouspenskaya
Music by Paul Sawtell
Cinematography Archie Stout
Edited by Robert Crandall
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Release date(s)
  • April 29, 1945 (1945-04-29)
Running time 76 mins.
Language English

Tarzan and the Amazons (1945) is an adventure film starring Johnny Weissmuller in his ninth outing as Tarzan. Brenda Joyce makes the first of five appearances as Jane and Johnny Sheffield returns as Boy. Henry Stephenson and Maria Ouspenskaya co-star. The movie was produced by Sol Lesser and Kurt Neumann, written by John Jacoby and Marjorie L. Pfaelzer (based on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs) and directed by Kurt Neumann. It was released on April 29, 1945.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Tarzan and Boy, on their way to meet Jane, who is returning from nursing work in England to support the war effort, rescue an "Amazon" woman from an attack by a black panther. During the attack, she drops a golden bracelet which Cheeta picks up. The Amazon woman's ankle is twisted in the incident and she cannot walk. Telling Boy to wait for him, Tarzan carries the woman through a mountain pass to the valley where her city of Palmyria is located. Boy disobeys Tarzan, follows them at a distance, and discovers the location of the city, then returns to wait for Tarzan.

After they reunite with Jane, a group of explorers, led by Sir Guy Henderson, discover the bracelet Cheeta has, and its markings are matched to other relics supposedly from a lost city of Amazons. The explorers attempt to enlist Tarzan to lead them to Palmyria. Tarzan refuses, but Boy, believing he is aiding the advancement of science, is duped into guiding them there.

Boy and the party are captured by the Amazons, and their queen declares that in lieu of the death penalty for invading their city, they will all be forced to work the rest of their lives in the Palmyrian quarries with the other men they keep for labor. The woman Tarzan saved from the panther takes pity and releases them. The group, led by Ballister, Henderson's unsavory second-in-command, and Anders, then sets about looting the city's treasure vaults. When Henderson objects, Ballister kills him, then fatally knifes the woman who released them. She is able to sound an alarm before she dies, and the invaders are all killed save Ballister and Anders, who escape with two pieces of treasure.

Boy is recaptured and condemned to die. Cheeta warns Tarzan of Boy's impending doom. Tarzan races to Palmyria, meets Ballister and Anders, and backs them into a mud bog in which they sink and die. He returns the Amazon's treasure in exchange for Boy's freedom.

Cast[edit]

All principal cast members are deceased.

Production notes[edit]

  • Maureen O'Sullivan was originally announced to be returning as Jane prior to production when the actress appeared interested in a new offer made by Sol Lesser. She then changed her mind and the role was recast.
  • Brenda Joyce portrayed Jane in five Tarzan films. Four opposite Johnny Weissmuller and one opposite Lex Barker.
  • From this film onwards, Tarzan's home was no longer on top of the Great Escarpment, but seemingly just up river from the nearest trading post. The change was not explained or alluded to.
  • This adventure film was shot in Baldwin Park, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden and Lone Pine, California.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bill Hillman. "ERBzine 0625: Tarzan and the Amazons". Erbzine.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  • Essoe, Gabe. Tarzan of The Movies, 1968, published by The Citadel Press.

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