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Nabonga (1944)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 25 January 1944 (USA)
When a treasure hunter seeks a downed airplane in the jungles of Africa, he encounters one of the passenger's young daughter, now fully grown, and with a gorilla protector.


Sam Newfield


Fred Myton (story), Fred Myton (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Buster Crabbe ... Ray Gorman
Fifi D'Orsay ... Marie
Barton MacLane ... Carl Hurst
Julie London ... Doreen Stockwell
Bryant Washburn ... Hunter
Herbert Rawlinson ... Stockwell
Prince Modupe Prince Modupe ... Tobo
Jackie Newfield Jackie Newfield ... Doreen Stockwell - as a Child
Ray Corrigan ... Gorilla (as Nabongo)


In an effort to clear the name of his deceased father, young Ray Gorman travels to darkest Africa to try to track down the money embezzled from his father's bank years earlier. After a long trek through the jungle Gorman finds the money in the care of beautiful 'white witch' Doreen, daughter of the now long-dead embezzler. Gorman finds his goal difficult to accomplish as not only does Doreen, guarded by a huge, ferocious gorilla, not want to give up the money, but greedy guide Carl Hurst has followed Gorman's trail, intent on getting the money himself by any means necessary. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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JUNGLE THRILLS! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Plains Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - January 1, 1948 - all caps) See more »


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Shot in 1943, not released until 1944. See more »


[first lines]
Policeman: Mr. Stockwell, open up, it's the police. Open up the door or we'll break it in!
[the policeman batter down the door and search the apartment]
Policeman: Well, he's gone. Some little girl's going to have a broken heart when she discovers her doll was left behind.
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Edited into Dark Jungle Theater: Nabonga (2015) See more »

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Killer gorilla thriller
28 April 2008 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

Buster Crabbe, formerly Tarzan, Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, stars in this jungle action adventure. A box of jewels from a robbery was lost in the jungle years ago with the daughter of the thief. Our hero needs to find the box and/or the girl whose only friend in the meantime is a man in a gorilla costume. Sounds like a-dime-a-dozen, but actually "Nabonga" is well scripted and rather amusing. Instead of the same old wild fights against lions, this adventure gives Crabbe plenty of opportunity to be witty, for example I loved the scene when he is so afraid of the mighty gorilla the girl has to calm him down. Barton MacLane plays one his typical baddies, trying to steal the jewels himself. Well, it's a simple B movie within the genre rules of the 1940s, but it's doing well.

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25 January 1944 (USA) See more »

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Gorilla See more »

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