Tarzan and the Slave Girl (1950)





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The people of a jungle village are suffering from a strange illness that is killing off the female population. The natives resort to kidnapping women from other regions -- including Jane (Vanessa Brown), the mate of Tarzan (Lex Barker). Never one to hold a grudge, Tarzan offers to deliver a serum that will wipe out the epidemic. Unfortunately, numerous unforeseen perils await Tarzan during his journey through the foliage. The "slave girl" of the title is played by Denise Darcel, whose role as a nurse is secondary but decorative. An 8 X 10 glossy of the underdressed Darcel, her wrists shackled, clinging desperately to Lex Barker's bare legs, turned out to be one of the biggest-selling "pin-ups" of the 1950s. Not bad for a post-Weissmuller Tarzan flick, Tarzan and the Slave Girl falters only during an extended comic sequence involving Cheta the chimp and a bottle of booze.
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Lex Barker
as Tarzan
Hurd Hatfield
as Prince
Arthur Shields
as Randini Doctor
Robert Warwick
as High Priest
Tito Renaldo
as Chief's Son
Shirley Ballard
as Slave Girl
Rosemary Bertrand
as Slave Girl
Gwen Caldwell
as Slave Girl
Martha Clemmons
as Slave Girl
Mona Knox
as Slave Girl
Josephine Parra
as Slave Girl
Jackee Waldron
as Slave Girl
Tony Caruso
as Sengo
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Tarzan and the Slave Girl (1950) -- [6.0] -- A secret civilization is dying of a mysterious disease, so they start kidnapping women to repopulate! Lex Barker swings into action in his second outing as Tarzan, determined to rescue Jane (Vanessa Brown) and a lustful, headstrong nurse (Denise Darcel) from the kidnappers. Cheeta the Chimp's antics are thankfully kept to a minimum (though he does get drunk in a scene) and Darcel's performance is wonderfully kooky and over-the-top (think Charo on steroids). Brown is dull in her single outing as Jane, and the climax relies on help from the elephants... again. But Barker's good, the action is well-paced, and for a serial matinee sort of movie, it ain't half-bad. Favorite scene is a ridiculous cat-fight between Darcel and Brown.

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