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23 September 1951 (USA) See more »
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A small safari in Africa is captured by a tribe of white jungle women. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Lewis Wilson ... Trent
Dana Broccoli ... Queen Bonga Bonga (as Dana Wilson)
Frances Dubay ... High Priestess
Morton C. Thompson ... Kirby (as Mort Thompson)
Clarence Brooks ... Sunga, Head Porter
Zona Siggins ... Ulama Girl
Charlene Hawks ... Awoona (as Charleen Hawks)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Brandon ... Ulama Girl
Devvy Davenport ... Ulama Girl
Mary Lou Miner ... Ulama Girl
Joyce Nevins ... Ulama Girl
Don Orlando ... Count Michelangelo Sparafucile / Giulio
Barbara Reynolds ... Ulama Girl
Leah Wakefield ... Head Conspirator

Directed by
Norman Dawn 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Norman Dawn  uncredited

Produced by
Morris M. Landres .... producer
Harold Rosemont .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Norman Dawn 
Film Editing by
Guido L. Redaelli 
Sound Department
Clarence Thompson .... sound engineer
Music Department
Fred Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Gordon Zahler .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Bowanga Bowanga" - USA (reissue title)
"Bowanga, Bowanga: White Sirens of Africa" - USA (poster title)
"Untamed Women" - USA (TV title)
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62 min | USA:53 min (re-release)
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This film was featured on episode 1.13 of "Elvira's Movie Macabre" (2010) under the title 'Untamed Women', which should not to be confused with W. Merle Connell's Untamed Women (1952).See more »
Errors in geography: One of the animals shown in the stock clips is an elk, which is not native to Africa.See more »
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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
More crude and primitive than usual, 31 July 2009
Author: Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC

Over the years, I've seen a number of these "Primitive female tribe meeting civilized men" movies, and I have to confess that I am not a fan of them. I like the IDEA of these movies, because the idea promises that there will be a lot of campy unintentional humor. But for the most part I find them a slog to get through. "Bowanga Bowanga" (a.k.a. "Wild Women") didn't do anything to change my mind about these films.

For starters, I found this to be even cheaper and cruder than the usual cheap and crude nature of these movies. There is a TON of stock footage in the movie, and I suspect that the script was written AFTER the filmmakers got their hands on the stock footage and viewed it. The stock footage does show a couple of seconds of native African nudity (the only serious sexual aspect of the movie), and I admit I got a laugh that one stock footage clip showed a moose when the story is supposed to be taking place in Africa. But other than those two things, all the stock footage is just padding out a very thin story.

As for the women in this movie, it takes quite a long time to really get to them, aside from a few brief glimpses in the first part of the movie. And once we properly get to them, they turn out to be a really boring bunch of females. Their history - how they got to be their way, etc. - is never explained. Their dialogue is so garbled at times that it's hard to make out what they are saying. Their native customs (dancing, etc.) are boring as well.

One positive thing I can think about the movie - it's significantly shorter than other examples of its genre, so I was able to finish and put it in mind to forget about it quicker than usual. I'm already starting to forget it...

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