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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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The character name "Sparafucile" comes from the professional assassin in Verdi's opera "Rigoletto," and the song Sparafucile sings is also from "Rigoletto" - "Caro nome" ("Dearest name"), sung by the heroine Gilda, whom Sparafucile kills at the end of the opera.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 4 people found the following review useful.
Campy Fun, 22 June 2009
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Bowanga Bowanga: White Sirens of Africa (1951)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Three hunters go into the jungles of Africa where they are kidnapped by a group of female savages wanting to make them their husbands. Another female tribe hears that there is fresh meat in town so they attack wanting the men for themselves. If you're a fan of bad movies then this one here is pretty bad and certainly bad enough to get a few nice laughs out of it. I'm really not sure what's up with the actual story because it seems to change every few minutes but this is probably because there's so much stock footage the producer's had to use and they just try to wiggle a story around all of it. The movie runs 61-minutes but I'm going to guess that at least half of that running time is nothing more that stock footage. I actually enjoyed this stock footage of various wildlife and that includes one scene with th biggest snake I've ever seen. I'm terrified of snakes so this scene certainly got under my skin. Tigers, chimps and various other forms of animals are also on full display. The movie has a lot of narration through the first portion of the film because this is where most of the stock footage is. The second half gets spoken dialogue and after hearing it you'll be wishing they switched back to the stock footage. The performances are all pretty bad and there's nothing naughty going on except for women in bathing suits. If you look closely you can see tags coming out of the women's outfits, which is rather strange considering we're in the jungles of Africa. A few laughs are to be had including the whole segment with one of the men being "scared" to go with a beautiful blonde, big breasted gal because she wants him for a husband. Most men would be running to the gal. All in all this is a pretty poor movie but thankfully it's silly enough to keep bad movie lovers mildly entertained. Original title: WILD WOMEN.

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