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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Johnny Sheffield was getting pretty old to play Bomba the Jungle BOY in this episode, the tenth of the long-running Monogram series. It is, like all the others, a well-intentioned, decently produced work of knock-off Tarzan fiction, a bit more overt in its early ecological message than the Tarzan series was.
Some good talent lurks here, with Paul Guilefoyle returning and a nice pan shot of the native village across the river to keep people who care about such things happy. The story -- about some baddies seeking revenge on Bomba for being an annoyance while his friends and he are doing some archeology digging -- is just as slight as any of the others. Still, all the signs of competence are there and if you like the series, you will like this one. I find it harmless.
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