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Bomba, the Jungle Boy (1949)

Approved | | Adventure | 20 March 1949 (USA)
George Harland and his daughter Pat are photographers who discover a wild boy in the jungle. When Pat become lost, Bomba brings her back, overcoming plagues of locusts, forest fires and fierce wild animals.

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George Harland and his daughter Patricia are in the African jungle to photograph animals. They discover something altogether different when they find a young white boy living there. When Patricia is separated from her father, she is rescued by Bomba who it turns out, has been living there since the age of 2. They have a number of adventures together with Patricia trying to explain to Bomba about the outside world, something he has difficulty imagining. They come to the rescue of her father and the rest when they are attacked by unfriendly tribesmen. Written by garykmcd

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HE ALONE KNEW THE JUNGLE'S SECRET...ITS SAVAGE DANGERS! (original pressbook ad - all caps) See more »

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Aarniometsän poika  »

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The original novel, initiated by Statemeyer Syndicate, was written by a series of ghostwriters (this volume being attributed to either John Duffiel or Howard Garris or both) under the pseudonym of Roy Rockwood in 1926. It was the first volume of a very successful series that lasted until 1938. The publishers were Cupples and Leon. See more »

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[first lines]
Andy Barnes: What are the drums saying, Eli? Good news or bad?
Eli: Not good news, Boss. Not bad. Say safari come.
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Followed by The Lost Volcano (1950) See more »

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22 June 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Johnny Sheffield as a teenage Tarzan in the African wilds, rescuing a pretty young shutterbug and (rather half-heartedly) attempting to reunite her with her photographer father and his guides. Having already played "Boy" opposite Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan several times, Sheffield was a natural choice to enact the formative years of this role once filmmakers began to run out of ideas and made the (worthwhile) decision to explore the loin-clothed legend's early beginnings. Sheffield is somewhat self-conscious as the boy who calls himself Bomba, and yet his modest performance is the best thing in the picture. He's straightforward in an innocent way, immature and yet brave around the girl, and he manages an amusing connection with the audience (one can almost hear the sighs of young filmgoers as Bomba gently helps Peggy Ann Garner's Pat onto a log to cross the river). The film is padded with nature footage (most of it poorly photographed and repetitive), and too much time is spent dragging the characters back and forth through the foliage, but the simple story (perky girl meets tame savage boy) still holds a spark of enchantment. ** from ****


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