Tarzan and the Amazons

Tarzan and the Amazons (1945) is an adventure film starring Johnny Weissmuller in his ninth outing as Tarzan. Brenda Joyce plays Jane, in the first of her five appearances in the role, and Johnny Sheffield makes his sixth appearance as Boy. Henry Stephenson and Maria Ouspenskaya co-star.

Tarzan and the Amazons
Film poster
Directed byKurt Neumann
Produced bySol Lesser
Kurt Neumann
Written byJohn Jacoby
Marjorie L. Pfaelzer
based on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs
StarringJohnny Weissmuller
Brenda Joyce
Johnny Sheffield
Henry Stephenson
Maria Ouspenskaya
Music byPaul Sawtell
CinematographyArchie Stout
Edited byRobert Crandall
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Release date
  • April 29, 1945 (1945-04-29)
Running time
76 mins.

The film 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

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 Amazons' treasure in exchange for Boy's freedom.


Production notes

  • Maureen O'Sullivan had played Jane in Weissmuller's first six Tarzan films before quitting, and Jane was not shown in the next two films. O'Sullivan appeared interested when producer Sol Lesser tried to lure her back for Tarzan and the Amazons, and the studio announced her return. But she changed her mind and the part was finally recast, going to Brenda Joyce.
  • 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, in-story; although, one possible reason might have been to draw attention away from the ever-sought-after elephants' graveyard.
  • This adventure film was shot in Baldwin Park, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden and Lone Pine, California.


  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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