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Bomba on Panther Island (1949)

Passed | | Adventure | 18 December 1949 (USA)
Bomba the Jungle Boy must stop a man-eating black panther while helping Ludy Maitland and her brother Robert build an experimental farm.

Director:

Ford Beebe

Writers:

Ford Beebe, Roy Rockwood (characters)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Johnny Sheffield ... Bomba
Allene Roberts ... Judy Maitland
Lita Baron ... Losana
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Comm. Andy Barnes
Harry Lewis ... Robert Maitland
Smoki Whitfield Smoki Whitfield ... Eli
Martin Wilkins Martin Wilkins ... Moki
Bill Walker ... Luke
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A man-eating black panther is on the loose and Bomba tries to track it down. He comes across brother and sister Robert and Judy Maitland who are trying to build an agricultural station. The local workmen are superstitious and think the Maitlands housemaid Losana has the spirit of a panther. They're also leery of Bomba and refuse to work until he goes away. Robert's inexperience leads him to set a controlled fire to get rid of the under-brush but it nearly leads to disaster. For Bomba, it leads to an encounter with the panther. Written by garykmcd

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JUNGLE THRILLS! SAVAGE SPLENDOR! (original print ad - all caps)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Panther Island See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Robert Maitland: Well, this makes twice in three weeks that one of our sentries has been attacked.
Comm. Andy Barnes: Aye, poor fellow. Something else you hadn't counted on when you signed up with that agricultural development commission, aye lad?
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A Few Decent Moments but Way Too Slow
15 December 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Bomba on Panther Island (1949)

** (out of 4)

The second film in Monogram's series finds Bomba (Johnny Sheffield) trying to track down a killer black panther who is causing all sorts of trouble in the jungle. He must also help a young woman (Allene Roberts) and her brother (Harry Lewis) who are doing special experiments in the jungle but their mysterious helper (Lita Baron) has the natives thinking she might be evil. After a decent start, this second entry quickly loses steam and in the end it's just another cheap, low-budget jungle movie that is nothing more than a rip-off of the Tarzan series. Of course, the biggest difference is that Sheffield played 'Boy' in those MGM films so it was natural that he'd be offered his own series. Sadly, the end results are rather weak but then again this is actually one of the best I've seen from the series so take that as you will. I think the opening scene where a monkey friend of Bomba is killed was rather effective but as soon as this is over the cheapness quickly kicks in. The majority of the panther attacks features stock footage of a panther "stalking" and then we cut away to the results and this is just a human (or animal) on the ground dead. At first I laughed at how cheap this effect was but by the end of the movie I understood because when the "fake" leopard does attack Bomba the results is so laughable that you can understand why the producers didn't want to use it too much. At one point it seems as if Bomba is fighting a cloth toy! Sheffield looks the part of a jungle boy and he's actually not too bad in the part. Roberts makes for a good love interest and Baron certainly has the looks and sexuality for her part. At 76-minutes the film is way too sluggish for its own good but the performances and a few scenes of the wildlife at least give it a little life.


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