Cast & Crew
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.
Tarzan and the Huntress
By the time Tarzan and the Huntress was released, the Tarzan film series starring Johnny Weissmuller was 15 years old, and Weissmuller himself was now in his 40s. With the series starting to feel a little long in the tooth, Weissmuller would make only one more Tarzan film later the same year before hanging up his loincloth for good.
Tarzan and the Huntress also marked the eighth and final time that actor Johnny Sheffield appeared as Boy. Having first played the role in Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939) at the age of 8, Sheffield had grown up on camera in the Tarzan films of the 1940s and was obviously no longer a boy, but a strapping young adult. Tarzan and the Huntress addresses Sheffield's maturity in its storyline, acknowledging that Boy has now become a man. Of course, the real star of the show is the ever-popular Cheta, Tarzan's mischievous chimpanzee, who provides plenty of riotous comic moments.
Producer: Sol Lesser
Director: Kurt Neumann
Screenplay: Jerry Gruskin, Rowland Leigh (story and screenplay); Edgar Rice Burroughs (characters)
Cinematography: Archie Stout
Art Direction: McClure Capps
Music: Paul Sawtell
Film Editing: Merrill White
Cast: Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan), Brenda Joyce (Jane), Johnny Sheffield (Boy), Patricia Morison (Tanya Rawlins), Barton MacLane (Paul Weir), John Warburton (Carl Marley), Charles Trowbridge (King Farrod), Ted Hecht (Prince Ozira), Wallace Scott ('Smitty' Smithers).
by Andrea Passafiume
Tarzan and the Huntress
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, Hollywood Reporter 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 Hollywood Reporter, but bowed out due to insufficient preparation time. Hollywood Reporter 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 for Tarzan Triumphs and the entry Tarzan, the Ape Man in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40.