Tarzan's Desert Mystery

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

Tarzan's Desert Mystery
Directed byWilhelm Thiele
Produced bySol Lesser
Written byCarroll Young (story)
Edward T. Lowe Jr.
Based onCharacters created
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
StarringJohnny Weissmuller
Nancy Kelly
Music byPaul Sawtell
CinematographyHarry J. Wild
Russell Harlan
Edited byRay H. Lockert
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • December 26, 1943 (1943-12-26)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States


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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