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Nabonga (1944)

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When a treasure hunter seeks a downed airplane in the jungles of Africa, he encounters one of the passenger's young daughter, now fully grown, and with a gorilla protector.



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Complete credited cast:
Fifi D'Orsay ...
Bryant Washburn ...
White Hunter
Herbert Rawlinson ...
T.F. Stockwell
Prince Modupe ...
Jackie Newfield ...
Ray Corrigan ...
Samson the Gorilla (as Nbongo)


In an effort to clear the name of his deceased father, young Ray Gorman travels to darkest Africa to try to track down the money embezzled from his father's bank years earlier. After a long trek through the jungle Gorman finds the money in the care of beautiful 'white witch' Doreen, daughter of the now long-dead embezzler. Gorman finds his goal difficult to accomplish as not only does Doreen, guarded by a huge, ferocious gorilla, not want to give up the money, but greedy guide Carl Hurst has followed Gorman's trail, intent on getting the money himself by any means necessary. Written by Doug Sederberg <>

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gorilla | africa | jungle | guide | embezzler | See more »


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Release Date:

25 January 1944 (USA)  »

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Gorilla  »

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1.37 : 1
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To play the role of Doreen as a child, director Sam Newfield used his own daughter, Jackie Newfield. See more »


[first lines]
Policeman: Mr. Stockwell, open up, it's the police. Open up the door or we'll break it in!
[the policeman batter down the door and search the apartment]
Policeman: Well, he's gone. Some little girl's going to have a broken heart when she discovers her doll was left behind.
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Nice Gorilla!
6 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's just an adventure story. A young girl is raised by a gorilla after her father, a crook, dies. A really boring man played by Buster Crabbe finds her and needs her to give some money and jewels back. Of course, there is another guy who wants the loot. Most of the movie is the discovery of the White Witch who is really just a good looking young woman and the efforts to keep her alive by the duo of Crabbe and gorilla. Most of the scenes are silly and forgettable. There are a lot of animals (stock footage) and lots of vines and trees. It is entirely predictable and there are few surprises. The relationship between the girl and Crabbe goes nowhere. Can you imagine the reality of her being put back into Western society.

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