Tarzan's Desert Mystery

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Tarzan's Desert Mystery
Tarzan's Desert Mystery (movie poster).jpg
Directed by Wilhelm Thiele
Produced by Sol Lesser
Written by Carroll Young (story)
Edward T. Lowe Jr.
Based on Characters created
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Starring Johnny Weissmuller
Nancy Kelly
Music by Paul Sawtell
Cinematography Harry J. Wild
Russell Harlan
Edited by Ray H. Lockert
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • December 26, 1943 (1943-12-26)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Tarzan's Desert Mystery is a 1943 American Tarzan film directed by Wilhelm Thiele and starring Johnny Weissmuller and Nancy Kelly.


Like its immediate predecessor, Tarzan Triumphs, the film makes reference to Tarzan's mate, Jane, played in earlier Weissmuller films by Maureen O'Sullivan, but it does not show her on screen. The explanation given is that she is in England helping the war effort. (When the character of Jane finally did return in the next Tarzan film, she was played by Brenda Joyce, not O'Sullivan.)

The film revolves around Tarzan's quest, at the urging of Jane, to find a rare African serum to help Allied troops during World War II. Tarzan's son, Boy, manages to tag along as the ape man journeys into the Sahara, and the two are soon joined by a rambunctious horse and a female American magician, played by Nancy Kelly.


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