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Tarzan and the Huntress
Alternate Title: Tarzan's Dangerous Game
Director: Kurt Neumann (Dir)
Release Date:   5 Apr 1947
Production Date:   16 Sep--late Nov 1946
Duration (in mins):   72-73
Duration (in feet):   6,483
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Cast:   Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan)  
    Brenda Joyce (Jane)  
    Johnny Sheffield (Boy)  
    Patricia Morison (Tanya Rawlins)  
    Barton MacLane (Weir)  
    John Warburton (Carl Marley)  
    Charles Trowbridge (King Farrod)  
    Ted Hecht (Prince Ozira)  
    Wallace Scott (Smithers)  
    Maurice Tauzin (Prince Suli)  
    Mickey Simpson (Monak)  
    Cheetah (Cheetah)  

Summary: Renowned animal trainer Tanya Rawlins and her assistant, Carl Marley, land their airplane in the heart of the African jungle and are eager to begin trapping the abundant wild life for shipment back to American zoos. They soon learn from hunter Weir, however, that the local ruler, King Farrod, allows only one pair of each animal species to be taken from his country by any single expedition. Sure that she can convince Farrod to exempt her expedition from this law, Tanya attends his birthday celebration the next day and there meets wild man Tarzan, his mate Jane and son Boy. While Farrod remains firm in his conviction that only one pair of each animal should be trapped, Tarzan feels strongly that no animals should be taken. To bypass Farrod, Weir and Tanya join forces with Farrod's greedy, ambitious nephew, Prince Ozira, who offers to help them export an unlimited number of animals for a price. During the first day of the expedition, Farrod is assassinated by confederates of Ozira, and the king's son Suli is thrown into a crocodile-filled ravine and left for dead. After Ozira claims the throne, Tanya, Marley and Weir begin indiscriminately capturing animals. Tarzan, meanwhile, becomes upset when he discovers that Boy has exchanged two lion cubs for a flashlight belonging to Smithers, one of Weir's helpers, and goes to the hunters' camp to retrieve the cubs. Upon seeing the camp filled with caged animals, Tarzan warns the expedition to stay on their side of the river and then "calls" the jungle inhabitants to his side. Weir, however, ignores Tarzan's warnings and crosses the river to trap and shoot more animals. One of his victims is Tarzan's chimpanzee Cheetah, whom he takes back to camp in a bamboo cage. Cheetah soon escapes and races back to alert Tarzan, who, with Boy, sneaks into the camp that night and steals all the guns. Although Tanya is ready to abandon the expedition, Weir sends two of his unarmed native helpers to obtain more guns from Ozira. Both men are attacked by lions, but one survives and makes his way through the jungle. The next morning, Tarzan and Boy, who have hidden the guns behind a waterfall, return to the camp to liberate the animals and later rescue Tanya from a leopard attack. After Tarzan promises to guide Tanya out of the jungle, Tanya discovers through Cheetah the whereabouts of the guns and quickly rearms the expedition. While Weir's man alerts Ozira to the expedition's plight, Tarzan and Boy stumble on the still shaken Suli just as a python is about to strike. Tarzan saves Suli from the snake and sends Boy back to Jane while he heads for the village with the prince. On the way, Tarzan and Suli are stalked by three of Ozira's men, whom Tarzan easily kills. Tarzan then "calls" a herd of elephants to stampede the area, and the elephants destroy the camp and cause the death of Ozira, Marley and Weir. After Tarzan rescues Jane and Boy from one of Weir's traps, Cheetah, who has long yearned for Tanya's makeup compact, sneaks on board her airplane as she and Smithers embark. Tarzan, Jane and Boy then see Cheetah being pushed out of the plane and parachuting to the ground, compact in hand. 

Production Company: Sol Lesser Productions, Inc.  
Distribution Company: RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Kurt Neumann (Dir)
  Bert Briskin (Asst dir)
  Breezy Eason (Dir of elephant stampede seq)
Producer: Sol Lesser (Prod)
  Kurt Neumann (Assoc prod)
Writer: Jerry Gruskin (Orig story and scr)
  Rowland Leigh (Orig story and scr)
  Leslie Charteris (Contr to scr const)
Photography: Archie Stout (Photog)
Art Direction: Phil Paradise (Prod des)
  McClure Capps (Art dir)
Film Editor: Merrill White (Film ed)
  John Sheets (Assoc film ed)
Costumes: Harold Clandening (Ward)
Music: Paul Sawtell (Mus)
Sound: Frank McWhorter (Sd tech)
Make Up: Irving Berns (Makeup artist)
Production Misc: Clem Beauchamp (Prod mgr)
  Albert Antonucci (Cheetah's trainer)
Country: United States
Series: Tarzan

Source Text: Based on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Authors: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Sol Lesser Productions, Inc. 25/3/1947 dd/mm/yyyy LP989

PCA NO: 12057
Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: Western Electric Recording

 
Genre: Adventure
Sub-Genre: Jungle
 
Subjects (Major): Africa
  Animal trainers
  Greed
  Hunters
  Jungles
  Wild men
 
Subjects (Minor): Airplanes
  Animal traps
  Assassination
  Birthdays
  Chimpanzees
  Compacts
  Crocodiles
  Death by animals
  Elephants
  Escapes
  Fathers and sons
  Firearms
  Kings
  Leopards
  Lions
  Nephews
  Princes
  Pythons
  Rescues
  Waterfalls
  Wild animals

Note: The title frame of the onscreen credits reads: "Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and the Huntress ." The working title of this film was Tarzan's Dangerous Game . Costumer Harold Clandening's name was misspelled in the onscreen credits as "Clandenning." In May 1946, HR announced that because of the success of producer Sol Lesser's previous "Tarzan" film, Tarzan and the Leopard Woman , he and star Johnny Weissmuller signed a three-year contract to make one "Tarzan" picture a year, starting with Tarzan and the Huntress . Previously, Lesser and Weissmuller had agreed not to make any more "Tarzan" films. Ewing Scott was first assigned as the film's director, according to HR , but bowed out due to insufficient preparation time. HR also notes that the elephant stampede sequence was shot at Rancho Santa Anita, which was part of the "Lucky" Baldwin estate in Arcadia. According to the film's pressbook, Cheetah's trainer, Al Antonucci, had to replace prop lipstick with bananas and red "goo" so that the chimp would apply it to her lips as called for in one scene. Although the pressbook lists RKO makeup artist Mel Berns with makeup, Irving Berns is credited onscreen. For more information on the "Tarzan" series, consult the Series Index and see entry below for Tarzan Triumphs and the entry Tarzan, the Ape Man in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   29 Mar 1947.   
Daily Variety   19 Mar 1947.   
Film Daily   20 Mar 47   p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter   31 May 46   p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter   11 Sep 46   p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter   24 Sep 46   p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter   6 Nov 46   p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter   19 Mar 1947.   
Independent Film Journal   12 Oct 46   p. 41.
New York Times   7 Apr 47   p. 20.
Variety   19 Mar 47   p. 12.

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