Reality is the playground of the unimaginative
Home Of Superheroes, the Supernatural, Swords, Sorcery, and Star Stuff

Monday, 13 July 2015

Pulp Picture Of The Week: Tarzan And The Leopard Woman (1946)


Growing up in the '70s, Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan reruns were a fixture on television's three channels. My favourite was Tarzan And The Leopard Woman.

Sadly, these days, despite the millions of channels we now have on offer, you rarely - if ever - see the old Tarzan movies, so I had to turn to eBay to pick up a bargain DVD box set of half-a-dozen Tarzan tales, including Tarzan And The Leopard Woman.

I hadn't seen this film for decades and had forgotten what it was that had so appealed to me as a youngster. Turns out it was cosplay.

Within moments I was transported back to my childhood; with my parents' old leopard-print car rug thrown over my shoulders and a handful of cutlery I became a leopard god-worshipping cultist again!

The Leopard Men, wearing their parents' old car rugs...

Tarzan And The Leopard Woman is a very simple, but smart, 75-minute tale, about a tribe of leopard god worshippers, who mask their attacks as the work of real leopards, trying to prevent British colonists from forcing 'civilization' on their home land.

The cultists are aided by Ameer Lazar (Edgar Barrier), a Western-educated native doctor who resents the West's domination of the area, but they foolishly think they're smarter than Tarzan.

Tarzan is joined by stalwart companions Jane (Brenda Joyce), Boy (Johnny Sheffield) and Cheeta the chimpanzee.

But trouble starts brewing on the home-front with the arrival of Kimba (Tommy Cook), who claims to be have gotten lost in the jungle, but is actually the younger brother of the Leopard Men's priestess Queen Lea (Acquanetta).

Young Kimba is torn between his boyish crush on Jane and his desire to prove himself as a warrior and return to the Leopard Men with her heart... literally.

Having tricked the colonials into thinking the attacks on caravans were simply the work of hungry leopards, and that they had now wiped them out, the Leopard Men then launch an attack on a caravan bearing four young women from Zambezi, destined to become teachers in the new British colony.

The women, along with Tarzan, Jane and Boy, are kidnapped - to be sacrificed to the Leopard God.

But luckily Cheeta is on hand to save the day!

The truth is, watched with 21st Century eyes, we have to have a certain amount of sympathy for the "bad guys", but - as is often the case - they simply go too far.

Tarzan And The Leopard Woman is a glorious slice of black-and-white pulp adventure, with the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden doubling nicely as the African jungle.

Queen Lea of The Leopard Men (Acquanetta).

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Tags

10th Doctor (189) 11th Doctor (211) 12 monkeys (3) 12th Doctor (75) 13th doctor (4) 1st Doctor (76) 2000AD (57) 2nd Doctor (60) 3rd Doctor (64) 4e (43) 4th Doctor (98) 50th birthday (10) 5e (14) 5th Doctor (59) 6th Doctor (52) 7th Doctor (63) 7th Voyage (5) 7TV (21) 8th Doctor (40) 9th Doctor (49) A41 (15) Aaron Allston (11) abney park (18) academy of heroes (10) Acrobatic Flea (45) action figure archive (10) action figures (130) Adam Buxton (9) Adam West (19) addams family (21) adventure time (12) agent 47 (4) Agent Carter (65) AHS (11) airship 27 (1) alcatraz (4) alec (47) alice (96) all out war (1) almost human (5) alphas (18) amazon streaming (27) American Gods (3) Amy Dallen (22) Ancient Aliens (26) anime (54) anniversary hop (35) ant (1) ant-man (45) Anya Taylor-Joy (4) Apama (4) aquaman (38) arduin (42) arrival (1) arrow (153) arrowstorm (37) artist appreciation (65) assassin's creed (1) AT-43 (21) atlantis (22) atticus institute (1) audio (226) auton (9) Avengers (257) Aviator (12) Axanar (8) Babylon 5 (21) babymetal (16) baking (8) band maid (4) banshee (14) Barack Obama (16) barney (39) bates motel (14) batgirl (11) bathroom watch (8) batman (431) Battlefield Evolution (8) Battlestar Galactica (82) Beacon Point (4) bedlam (7) beowulf (6) bettany (10) big hero 6 (5) biggles (1) Bill Willingham (11) birthday (54) black guardian (3) black hood (3) black lightning (5) black panther (21) black sails (33) blackest night (28) Blackmoor (16) blade runner (23) Blair Witch (23) Blake's 7 (21) blood drive (4) Bloodshot (5) BMG (9) boardgame (66) BoL (5) book (830) book of the month (61) borgias (7) boston legal (5) bottom of the pile (24) bournemouth (27) brave (8) breaking bad (8) bright (1) brothers barbarian (1) BtM (25) BTTF (5) BtW (13) Buck Rogers (17) buffy (208) buffy campaign notes (4) Bukowski (9) C and C (76) c and t (91) Caity Lotz (4) Call Of Cthulhu (110) calvin and hobbes (11) Caper (10) Captain America (280) captain britain (20) captain marvel (5) cara (2) carcosa (9) card game (20) carnacki (1) carnevale (1) Carnivàle (1) Caroline Munro (12) castle (13) cataracts (5) cathryn (4) cats (5) charity (2) Charlie's Angels (9) charmed (28) chin scratcher (27) China (86) chitty (1) Chris Hadfield (9) christmas (280) christmas village (2) Cidri (129) clangers (1) clare (219) Class (1) cloak and dagger (2) clone wars (48) clovenstone (16) cloverfield (9) clown (20) cody deal (3) CoE (12) Coggershall (15) colin (3) colliders (3) colour out of space (9) comics (1976) community table (13) competition (48) computer (79) Conan (124) constantine (48) cool website (3435) copper (4) Cortex (10) cosplay (438) cosplay goddess (8) creepypasta (7) Crime Nation (1) crimson peak (6) crossbones (1) Cyberman (57) D and D (727) da vinci (23) dad's army (3) dalek (157) damage control (1) damien (4) Dan Abnett (10) dan dare (5) daredevil (109) dark matter (2) dark tower (10) Darkseid (16) darna (1) David Bowie (19) DC Fancast (4) DCC (3) de strange (1) deadlands (13) deadpool (24) Deathstalker (17) Deathstalker Week (6) decorating (83) defenders (21) defiance (20) dejah thoris (8) demons (12) desolation (2) devo (2) Dexter (19) Dick Garrison (7) Dickensian (15) dilbert (3) dining room watch (5) dinosaur (71) disney (141) doc savage (27) doctor steel (1) Doctor Who Skirmish (3) dollhouse (17) dolls house (29) dominion (3) doom patrol (12) Dorian Gray (14) Dr Horrible (19) Dr Strange (75) Dr Who (1113) DR WHO RPG (144) draconians (8) Dracula (53) dragon age (8) dragon warriors (2) dragonlance (14) Dresden Files (58) dune (2) dungeon bastard (67) dvd (1156) dvd of the week (378) e-space (4) EAP (5) eBay (139) Egypt (35) Elementals (6) elm street (40) Elric (38) Elvis (8) enormous (2) episode VII (58) episode VIII (5) equipment (2) ercia (3) erica (41) Erik Menard (9) eureka (7) eurovision (13) Evil Dead (41) EWDG (2) exorcist (26) Facebook (310) faction paradox (13) faith (6) FAL (1) falling skies (1) Fantastic Four (188) Fantazia (6) farscape (5) FCBD (28) FDTD (11) felicia day (21) FEMM (9) FFL (1) fiction (4) film (3369) film night (33) Firefly (73) firestorm (32) flash (280) Flash Gordon (39) flashback (820) fleamarket friday (579) fleapit (76) Flintloque (6) fmj (10) FoG (14) Formula De (24) foxy friday (5) France (32) Frankenstein (32) fringe (46) fu manchu (1) funky dice (17) funny (1169) GAFDOZ (37) GAH (1) gal gadot (20) galavant (1) game of thrones (307) gamesroom (124) garden watch (33) geek god (5) geek pin-up (138) Gen Con (47) generator (10) GFT (16) ghost (186) ghost in the shell (8) Ghost Rider (8) ghostbusters (64) Gillian Hills (3) glee (36) godzilla (16) googleplus (49) Gor (8) Gotham (58) Grant Morrison (45) green hornet (4) Green Inferno (17) green lantern (147) greywulf (9) grimm (19) grindhouse (10) growler (1) Guardians (152) Guardians RPG (9) gublin (16) guest post (13) gunther (2) hack slash (23) Hackmaster (31) halloween (159) hammer glamour week (8) hangman (1) Hannah Spearritt (7) hannibal (41) Harley Quinn (42) Harry Potter (53) harryhausen (44) Hattie Watson (7) Haunted Mansion (2) Hawk The Slayer (67) Hawkeye (47) Hawkgirl (15) hawkman (22) health (216) helix (8) hellboy (1) Hercules (27) hero kids (16) HeroClix (20) Heroes (62) HeroPress (672) Hertsmonceux Castle (8) Hever (11) HEX (110) HEX campaign notes (6) hey kids (4) HHGTTG (37) HIMYM (20) HMP (5) hobomancer (1) holiday (30) Hollyoaks (15) hollywood me (3) hook (3) hornets' nest (5) horror (1250) houdini & doyle (1) houserules (55) HOW (176) HOW spell (6) HOW treasure (4) howard the duck (12) hrumph (2) hulk (111) hunger games (12) Hunter S Thompson (6) ice warriors (12) ICONS (76) ID4 (15) IHMN (2) illuminati (3) ilyat (2) Immortal Iron Fist (34) immortals (1) indiana jones (68) ingrid pitt week (7) inhumans (51) InspiroBot (3) interview (41) into the odd (5) IRBKM (74) iron man (207) Ironclad (7) irrepressible (1) iTunes (40) izombie (9) Jack Herman (58) james bond (78) James Purefoy (8) Jane Seymour (5) Japan (157) Jason Statham (4) Jason Voorhees (23) jason xmas (11) Jeff Dee (76) jekyll and hyde (12) jeni (10) jericho (1) Jessica Alba (4) jessica jones (49) JLC (25) jody mills (8) joe gilgun (5) John Carrigan (5) john carter (55) john carter RPG (5) John Wick (3) Josh Trank (10) Josie and The Pussycats (4) Joss Whedon (67) JSA (9) Judge Dredd (57) Judges Guild (9) judoon (21) jumanji (3) jungle book (2) Jupiter Ascending (6) jupiter's moon (1) justice league (116) K9 (73) Kai (8) Karen Gillan (48) keira knightley (22) Ken Hulsey (9) kevin (109) Kevin Bacon (15) key to time (7) KFC (5) Kickstarter (360) killjoys (2) king kong (13) kitchen watch (17) Klingon (16) Knight City (112) Knightmare (7) knights of badassdom (6) kom (11) KOTDT (56) Krampus (6) Kree (12) krod mandoon (6) krypton (2) labyrinth lord (49) Lady GaGa (7) larp (33) Lauren Cohan (4) Legends of Tomorrow (37) legion (2) LEGO (21) leverage (17) Life on Mars (13) light city (7) limitless (6) LoA (37) lodoss (8) Lois Lane (30) Lost (102) LotFP (29) LOTR (165) LoTS (23) lou (5) lounge watch (11) love and rockets (2) Lovecraft (291) LSH (53) lucy (5) luke cage (56) Lulu (41) mack bolan (6) mad max (24) Maelstrom (3) magazine (242) Maleficent (13) man in the high castle (1) mapamonday (102) Marama Corlett (7) Mars (112) Mars Attacks (15) Mars McCoy (1) marvel rpg (5) mary poppins (1) Matrix (25) matt (19) max neptune (12) megan fox (24) melin (1) meredith (93) merlin (193) Merlins Miscellany (15) MG (3) midale (12) mike the knight (1) Military Odyssey (8) mindprobe (9) miracleman (3) Misfits (26) miss peregrine (2) misty (1) mob city (1) Moby Dick (6) MoC (11) model train (28) model village (1) mojo (2) monkey (122) monster (584) monster mash (40) monty python (41) moorcock (38) morgan (1) Most Wanted (2) mr robot (3) ms marvel (6) MSP (13) MtG (2) mummy (31) muppets (43) murdoch (8) murmurs (1) music (523) musical monday (240) musketeers (4) mutant future (6) Mutants and Masterminds (40) MV (7) My Chemical Romance (7) my first (8) my life and roleplaying (34) Mythica (38) narnia (11) nashville (11) natalie dormer (11) natalie portman (18) Necronomicon (21) nemesis (1) nemo (5) nerf (1) netflix (151) new spell (12) nick g (22) nick l (240) Night Blogger (7) nightwing (9) Ninjak (5) NOF (7) nosferatu (3) NPH (10) Oats Studio (5) Oculus (6) odd thomas (2) officer downe (1) Olivia Cooke (10) Olympics (21) olympus (3) Once Upon A Time (20) one ring rpg (10) opinion poll (47) orange is the new black (9) Orin Rakatha (4) orphans (1) orville (1) ouija (9) outcast (2) outcasts (16) OVC (18) oz (22) ozombie (7) pacific rim (21) paranoia rpg (1) parks and recreation (14) Pathfinder (23) Patreon (19) paul (108) pembury (17) Pendragon RPG (11) penny dreadful (28) peri (21) period slang (5) pete (271) Philip Reeve (109) philosophy (42) pick of the pods (27) picture parade (76) pirates (108) Playboy (31) PMF (4) podcast (178) poldark (6) polly (5) Poltergeist (7) PotA (66) power rangers (2) powerless (4) preacher (11) Pride and Prejudice (23) Primeval (45) primeval RPG (20) Prince Valiant (14) Prisoner (4) prometheus (9) Pulp (218) Punisher (53) pushing daisies (2) PVF (10) QB (9) quantum and woody (1) quatermass (22) Quentin Tarantino (27) rachel (724) railhead (7) reading list (15) real life (2264) rebels (45) Red Dwarf (10) red sonja (18) rendel (6) Resident Evil (9) retro comic (99) Richard Sharpe (10) riddick (4) riese (4) rip hunter (13) Ripper Street (11) riverdale (115) roan (1) Robin Hood (29) robocop (13) robotech (3) rochester (4) rocket age (11) rocket raccoon (62) roger corman (14) rogue one (13) roleplaying review (38) rom (5) round-up (57) RPG (2436) runaways (1) Runequest (11) Russia (75) s and s (1) s w (79) sabrina (21) salem (1) Salute To The 40s (7) sara jean underwood (6) saturday morning matinee (379) savage worlds (100) SB (6) scooby-doo (25) scorpion king (5) Season 10 (5) Season 16 (6) Season 18 (6) Season 19 (6) Season 22 (5) Season 26 (4) serial thrillers (26) sevenoaks (13) seventh son (2) shadowrun (5) shakespeare (43) Shannara (3) shark (42) sharknado (33) shazam (33) Shedward (14) sheep (5) sherlock (41) shield (215) Shyamalan (8) sick (12) sick week (9) sidcup (1) silurians (15) simon (99) sinbad (54) sinbad week (7) SixoftheBest (61) SJA (106) slaine (20) sleepy hollow (10) sls (11) smallville (78) smurf (6) snake plissken (2) snoopy (11) snow (42) snow white (16) sns (2) soap box (60) sontaran (29) space 1889 (109) space 1889 library (3) space 1999 (3) spam tasting (5) spartacus (82) Spawn (3) spellfury (33) spelljammer (5) Spider-Man (261) sponsored post (2) sport (75) Squadron UK (3) st trinians (2) stacks (1) stacktastic (6) staghind (5) staircase watch (1) Stan Lee (82) Star Trek (329) star wars (714) Stargate (53) statistics (86) steampunk (117) steve (133) Steve Costigan (1) STO (1) STP (3) stranger things (14) stroke survivor (27) strontium dog (2) sucker punch (7) suicide squad (46) Sunday Funny (371) sunflower (5) Supergirl (127) Supergirl Sunday (28) superhero 2044 (3) superman (443) Supernatural (362) superteam (159) survivors (15) swing (11) t and t (11) t-shirts (31) tales from the loop (2) tales from the vault (4) tales of the gold monkey (9) tarzan (26) TBBT (60) TCM (29) Teen Titans (54) tekralh (201) tekralh reborn (17) tekumel (28) Terminator (40) terra nova (3) TFT (42) Thanos (13) the 100 (4) The 4400 (14) The Asylum (60) The Atom (34) the cape (8) the following (32) the gifted (5) The Guild (11) the hobbit (75) the hoff (7) the librarians (9) The Lurking Fear (3) The Mist (6) the quest (3) the river (2) The Shadow (7) this defiant earth (1) this is england (3) Thomas Jane (5) Thor (201) thrilling locations (11) throwback thursday (66) Thunderbirds (7) thundercats (2) Tick (4) Tim Peake (2) timeless (1) tintin (12) TMNT (15) tomorrow people (4) tomorrowland (2) Tonbridge (134) Toni Darling (4) top of the pile (183) Top Secret RPG (76) top shelf (11) Torchwood (137) torn from the headlines (179) trailer (2277) transformers (14) Traveller (40) treasure trove (38) Trial Of A Time Lord (5) trigan empire (1) trope tuesday (1) True Blood (42) True Detective (11) tuesday knights (421) tumblr (57) Tunbridge Wells (144) tv (2923) Twin Peaks (40) ubiquity (73) unisystem (42) Urban Exploring (8) urban knights (3) V (25) V and V (325) Valerian (12) valhalla (2) valiant (21) Valorie Curry (4) vampire (251) vampirella (20) van allen plexico (5) vandal savage (8) vault (1) venture bros (4) Venus (31) video (24) vikings (27) vixen (13) voltron (3) wales (5) warcraft (35) warehouse 13 (49) wargame (401) Watchmen (85) wayward pines (3) wedding (69) week in geek (111) week in TV (47) Weekly World News (22) weird wednesday (28) wentworth (6) werewolf (88) western (184) westworld (7) WGA (12) white canary (18) wii (6) wil wheaton (39) wild cards (10) wild dog (4) Wildthyme (14) william shatner (15) Winnie The Pooh (8) WoH (6) Wolverine (77) wonder girl (13) wonder woman (519) wonderland (33) World of Darkness (6) WRC (18) wrinkle in time (1) wuxia (46) www (352) wynonna earp (1) X-Files (54) x-men (173) x-o manowar (6) xena (39) yggdrasill (3) ZD (9) zelda (4) zenescope (19) zombie (428) zorcerer of zo (4) zorro (1) zot (1) zygon (17)