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Bomba, the Jungle Boy (1949)

 -  Adventure  -  20 March 1949 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Johnny Sheffield ...
Peggy Ann Garner ...
Patricia Harland
Onslow Stevens ...
George Harland
Charles Irwin ...
Smoki Whitfield ...
Martin Wilkins ...


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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20 March 1949 (USA)  »

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This was the first of 12 features, made during a 6 year period (1949-1955), starring Johnny Sheffield as Bomba that were made by poverty row studio Monogram Pictures. Sheffield had made his last Tarzan movie two years earlier. When the last Bomba feature was made in 1955, it would mark the end of Sheffield's film career. See more »


[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 Bomba on Panther Island (1949) See more »

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First of the Bomba movies
27 May 2005 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

Bomba, the Jungle Boy is the first of the Bomba movies with Johnny Sheffield (Boy from the Weismuller Tarzan movies) as Bomba.

In this first movie, a safari in Africa including a girl and her dad are photographing and filming the wildlife when the girl, Pat gets lost and Bomba finds her. They become friends and he helps her to look for the rest of the party, facing several dangers along the way including lions, leopards, a huge swarm of locusts and unfriendly natives. She is reunited with the others at the end and Bobma disappears back into the jungle.

Joining Johnny Sheffield in the cast is Peggy Ann Garner as Pat, Onslow Stevens (Them!) as her dad and Bomba regular Smoki Whitfield.

Bomba, the Jungle Boy is worth watching if you can get hold of a copy.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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