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Tarzan's Peril (1951)
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Tarzan's Peril (1951) Dir. Byron Haskin
A Sol Lesser Production released by RKO
79 min. / B&W / 1.37:1
On DVD from Warner Archive

An escaped convict and his two minions are selling guns to the natives, and although Tarzan keeps vowing to "keep out of trouble," he ends up rescuing his many African friends, including Queen Dorothy Dandridge.

As you may well recall, I praised Tarzan and the Slave Girl as the best Tarzan picture in several years, so I was rather disappointed in this one. Heavily promoted as the first Tarzan filmed in Africa, but my understanding is that after a short time in Kenya the production company hot-footed it back to the states where they were cooler, dryer, and safer. Lex Barker is still good as Tarzan (his vocabulary increases with every picture) and he's on his third Jane in this, his third film in the series. Virginia Huston's the lucky girl; she's sexy, wears a VERY flattering thin dress, gets a nice swimming sequence, and looks ridiculous in her June Cleaver 1951 hairstyle. Big mistake. As for Cheeta, well, she's revealed as a girl chimp in this film: for some reason I always thought of Cheeta as a boy, that is, whenever I pondered Cheeta's sexuality, which - to be frank - wasn't very often.

Million-dollar Dialog:
Tarzan, reasoning with a local authority: "If Barney right, Tarzan sorry. If Tarzan right, everybody sorry. I go find out, then nobody sorry."

The evil king of the war-mongering, gun-hungry tribe wears a big toilet bowl brush on his head. I needed to mention that somewhere in this review, and it's not an easy subject into which to segue.

Tarzan's Peril is available in a lovely print from our friends at the Warner Archive. No trailer or nothin', though.
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