TARZAN AND THE LEOPARD WOMAN (1946)
Article #1418 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 1-31-2005
Posting Date: 6-30-2005
Directed by Kurt Neumann
Featuring Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield
Tarzan believes that some leopard attacks are the result of something other than leopards, and they are; a tribe of bloodthirsty leopard men is on the loose.
The farther into this series you go, the less savage Tarzan becomes. Therefore, it shouldn’t be surprising that by this entry in the series, we spend a lot of time dealing with both Tarzan’s domestic concerns and Cheetah’s antics. Still, it builds up to a decent climax, despite some high silliness. The leopard men earn their stripes -er- spots, by feeding hearts to their leopard god and doing this silly dance. They’re ruled by Acquanetta, who must have decided that playing a leopard woman was a step up from being an ape woman. The movie also features Edgar Barrier as a traitor to civilization, and Dennis Hoey, taking a break from the Sherlock Holmes movies to deal with a different cultural icon. Acquanetta actually does a slightly better job here than she usually does.