The Lost Idol of Watusi, a valuable archaeological treasure, has come into the hands of Bomba. Murderous Arabian chieftain Ali Ben Mamoud hires the equally unscrupulous soldier of fortune Joe Hawkins to get the treasure. British museum scientist Karen Marsh, Commissioner Barnes, his number one boy Eli and Ezekiel are also seeking the Idol. Hawkins and his native henchman, Gomo, double-cross Mamoud and set out to get the treasure for themselves. Things go downhill for them after Bomba takes an active hand; he overpowers Hawkins in an underwater fight and Mamoud is drowned in the coils of a huge water snake. District policemen Reed and Graves place the surviving plotters under arrest, and Bomba and his chimp Kimbbo fade away in the jungle as Barnes, Karen and Eli disappear by boat over the waters of Pongola Basin (played by Monogram's back lot). Written by
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Bomba (Johnny Sheffield) is back in action and this time he's trying to bring down the evil Prince Ali Ben Mamoud (Paul Guilfoyle) who is starting trouble in the jungle after trying to steal a valuable golden idol, which is very important to some natives who just happen to worship the piece. THE GOLDEN IDOL was the tenth film in the Monogram series and it's clear that it's far from a masterpiece but in terms of this series it's not too bad. However, that's really not saying too much as there really weren't any good films in this series. This one here at least has a couple fun performances but as with the previous films, way too much time is spent on silly stock footage and boring dialogue sequences that just keep going on and on. On the plus side you once again have Sheffield back in the lead role and it's clear that he was given a lot more effort than this thing deserved. He's quite good in the part but one wishes they had given him a better writer. I also thought Guilfoyle was good in his part and actually made for a very good villain. He played a similar role in a previous film and sure enough was the best thing in that. The rest of the supporting players are serviceable in their parts. Most of the action is the typical gunshots, tribes men running around type of stuff and none of it is overly exciting. At 71-minutes the film does drag in spots but this is the tenth movie so that's to be expected.
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