Tarzan and the Leopard Woman – 1946 – English
Film directed in 1946 by Kurt Neumann, and starring Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield…
Synopsis: An African tribe dedicated to the cult of the leopard is dedicated to preventing civilization from penetrating further into Africa. Tarzan fights them off when the cult first attacks a caravan and then attacks Jane and Boy. Tarzan is captured. Boy is teased by the younger brother of the leopard priestess. Cheetah saves the day.
Review: Local authorities are certain that leopards are responsible for a series of fatal attacks on caravans traveling the jungle route from Zambesi, but Tarzan remains unconvinced. The ape-man is right, of course: the real culprits are fanatical members of a leopard cult, led by the beautiful high priestess Lea (the beautiful Acquanetta) and the native physician Ameer Lazar (Edgar Barrier), who are angry at the civilization for exploiting its resources. and invading their domain.
Meanwhile, Lea’s younger brother Kimba (Tommy Cook), desperate to gain warrior status by presenting his tribe with a human heart, heads to Tarzan’s house and sets his murderous gaze on Jane (Brenda Joyce ) …
After some not particularly impressive movies, it’s great to see the Weissmuller Tarzan series finally get back in shape with arguably the apeman’s most satisfying adventure since Tarzan and his sidekick – we don’t just get a pleasantly silly premise, impossibly evil villains, and a thrilling ending, but we also see leopard men performing silly dance routines, Cheetah playing a flute and enchanting a rubber snake, Tarzan wrestling furry wrestler Tongolo the Terrible (played by pro wrestler ‘King Kong’ Kashey), four masters pretty nearly eaten by crocodiles, and a thrilling chase scene in which Tarzan sets deadly traps for his pursuers.
A hugely entertaining slice of jungle escape fun, I rate Tarzan and the Leopard Woman 7.5 out of 10, rounded to 8 for IMDb.