Tarzan in danger

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German title Tarzan in danger
Original title Tarzan and the Mermaids
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1948
length 68 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Robert Florey
script Carroll Young
production Sol Lesser
music Dimitri Tiomkin
camera Jack Draper
cut Merrill G. White

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Tarzan is hunted

Tarzan in danger (original title: Tarzan and the Mermaids ) is an American adventure film by Robert Florey from 1948. The basis for the script were the Tarzan novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs . The film premiered on March 29, 1948 in New York. In Germany, the film was first shown in cinemas on December 5, 1951.


The tribe of Aquatani, who live from fishing and pearl diving, live on a river island. They worship Balu, a deity created by the power-hungry priest Palanth. Palanth has forbidden the Aquatani people from entering the summit of the Inselberg because Balu resides there. In truth, Balu is a trader named Varga who sells the pearls that the tribe gives as tribute. The beautiful Mara is chosen as Balu's bride and is led to Balu's statue. But Mara realizes the dizziness and flees. She jumps into the bay and swims upstream. Soon she reaches the jungle where Tarzan and Jane live.

Tarzan notices the swimmer and jumps into the water. Mara tries to escape but is exhausted and unable to continue. Tarzan brings Mara to Jane, who is visited by Benji, a constantly singing postman. Soon Mara will be restored and will be able to tell her story. In gratitude for their rescue, Mara gives Jane and Tarzan a large black pearl. Jane wants to give the pearl to the new district chief, who is an open-minded and progressive person.

While Benji is bringing the pearl to the officer, Palanth sends out a search party to track down Mara. The squad find Mara and capture her. Tarzan can follow the men who go downstream in a boat to her island. Tarzan sneaks into the temple and watches Varga, who strips off his disguise and leaves the island. At the same time, Benji delivered the pearl. The district head and the inspector general are suspicious. The headmaster lets Benji lead him to Jane. Jane found Tiko, an exiled from the island with whom Mara is in love. Tiko tells the district chief Mara's story, whereupon he sets off for the island with Tiko, Jane and Benji. When they get there, Palanth has the four brought to the temple for questioning. To Palanth's surprise, Balu appears and orders the release of Maras and Tikos, who are also to be re-accepted into the tribe. The newcomers should also get free withdrawal. Jane notices that Tarzan is acting as Baloo. Palanth cannot withstand Balu's demands and lets the group out of the temple. Mara's and Tiko's wedding takes place.

Meanwhile, Varga has arrived in the district town of Nyata and is being interrogated by the Inspector General. Varga then flees back to the island. Again in his costume as Baloo, he bursts into the wedding ceremony. Through Palanth he orders that the intruders are to be killed. Tarzan fights with Varga's captors in the river and has to fight off an octopus. After winning, he goes to the temple and exposes Balu / Varga as a cheater. The Aquatanians chase away Varga and Palanth and continue the wedding celebration.


The film is the twelfth and final appearance of Johnny Weissmüller as Tarzan. The estimated budget for this RKO Pictures production was $ 1 million. The film was shot in Mexico. During the shooting, Weissmüller's stuntman Angel Garcia was killed in a cliff jump.

Fernando Wagner was born in Göttingen in 1906 . After making some films in the United States, he went to Mexico and later became a well-known television director there. Gustavo Rojo, born in Uruguay, played in several Karl May films and spaghetti westerns in the 1960s. As in all Tarzan films by RKO, the natives were not played by Africans, but by Latin American actors and extras.


“Naive jungle adventure based on the well-known patterns of the genre,” said the lexicon of international films .

German version

role actor Voice actor
Tarzan Johnny Weissmüller Wilhelm Borchert
Palanth George Zucco Eduard Wandrey
Varga Fernando Wagner Klaus Miedel
Benji John Laurenz Erik Ode

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Box office / business for Tarzan and the Mermaids in the Internet Movie Database
  2. Tarzan in danger. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed April 8, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  3. Tarzan in danger. In: synchronkartei.de. German synchronous index , accessed on April 8, 2017 .