Tarzan's Peril

Tarzan's Peril

Tarzan's Peril is a 1951 film directed by Byron Haskin and starring Lex Barker as Tarzan and Virginia Huston as Jane, and featuring Dorothy Dandridge as "Melmendi, Queen of the Ashuba." Some of it was shot in Kenya, making it the first Tarzan film to be filmed in Africa, though the majority of its location shooting was done in the United States. Critics praised the convincing integration of the African and American footage. The film is frequently shown under the alternate titles Jungle Queen and Tarzan and the Jungle Queen.


District Commissioner Peters delays his retirement when confronted with Radijeck, an escaped criminal resuming his gunrunning on behalf on an unnamed foreign power. When Peters and his replacement Connors discover the gunrunning, Rajijeck murders the two men. Radijeck sells the weapons to King Bulam who arms his men to revenge himself against Melmendi, Queen of a rival tribe who spurns his offer of marriage. With Melmendi and her people held captive, only Tarzan can stop them.

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    director Byron Haskin
    editor Jack Murray
    genre adventure fantasy
    keywords held captive
    musicBy Michel Michelet
    producer Sol Lesser
    publisher RKO Radio Pictures
    recordedAt Kenya
    theme sequel