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Bomba, the Jungle Boy (1949)

Approved | | Adventure | 20 March 1949 (USA)
George Harland and his daughter, Patricia, are photographers who discover a wild boy in the jungle. When Patricia become lost, Bomba brings her back, overcoming plagues of locusts, forest fires and fierce wild animals.


Ford Beebe


Jack DeWitt (original screenplay), Roy Rockwood (based on books by)




Complete credited cast:
Johnny Sheffield ... Bomba
Peggy Ann Garner ... Patricia Harland
Onslow Stevens ... George Harland
Charles Irwin ... Andy Barnes
Smoki Whitfield ... Eli
Martin Wilkins Martin Wilkins ... Mufti


George Harland and his daughter Patricia are in the African jungle to photograph animals. They discover something altogether different when they find a young white boy living there. When Patricia is separated from her father, she is rescued by Bomba. who it turns out, has been living there since the age of 2. They have a number of adventures together with Patricia trying to explain to Bomba about the outside world which is something he has difficulty imagining. They come to the rescue of her father and the rest when they are attacked by unfriendly tribesmen. Written by garykmcd

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HE ALONE KNEW THE JUNGLE'S SECRET...ITS SAVAGE DANGERS! (original pressbook ad - all caps) See more »




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Did You Know?


As an example of the innovative ways "Poverty Row" studios utilized to cut costs, Monogram had a second-unit crew shoot about a dozen angles of star Johnny Sheffield swinging through the jungle on various vines. These scenes were then used for not only this movie but all 11 subsequent Bomba features, saving Monogram thousands in production costs. See more »


When Peggy Ann Garner rips her skirt, she asks Bomba to get her a leopard skin to wear. He returns with a large, loose skin and, when he hands it to her, she goes behind a tree and emerges in an obviously designed and sewn costume. See more »


[first lines]
Andy Barnes: What are the drums saying, Eli? Good news or bad?
Eli: Not good news, Boss. Not bad. Say safari come.
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Followed by The Lion Hunters (1951) See more »

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'Boy' Gets His Own Series
24 June 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Bomba, the Jungle Boy (1949)

** (out of 4)

When MGM decided to take their Tarzan series into a different direction, Johnny Weissmuller headed to Columbia to start the Jungle Jim series while his son, Boy, went to Monogram and began production on another Tarzan rip- off, Bomba, which would end up running for twelve films. The series opener has Pat Harland (Peggy Ann Garner) and her father (Onslow Stevens) are in Africa trying to take photos of some rare animals when she ends up in the jungle lost. Soon Bomba (Sheffield) shows up to show her some of the finer, less appreciated things in life. There's no question that this series should have been called TARZAN, JR. and there's no question that what brain cells the MGM series had are pretty much gone here. This isn't a horrible movie but at the same time it's doubtful too many are going to find it completely entertaining and this is due to several factors. One is that the screenplay really doesn't offer us anything new, original or really all that entertaining. I thought for the most part we got one boring sequence after another and in fact it takes nearly thirty-minutes before Bomba shows up, another ten-minutes for any sort of action and it takes yet another fifteen-minutes before Garner finally gets into her leopard-skinned outfit. As with the Tarzan films and the countless other rips, this film gets the benefit of many stock footage shots of the wildlife in Africa. We get to see a wide range of animals but it's obvious the footage was shot for other movies as it looks quite poor and even for stock footage the stuff isn't that good because the shots are so far away from the target and out of focus that at times you struggle to even tell what you're looking at. For some reason the film is pretty light on action as there are only a few fight sequences and even these are pretty tame. The first time Bomba fights a fake leopard it all happens off camera. The one saving grace to the film are the performances. Sheffield does a nice job playing the lead character and Garner adds up some nice support. The two feature some nice chemistry together and fans of HOUSE OF Dracula will enjoy seeing Stevens in his part. At just 70-minutes the movie goes by at a decent pace but it's just too bad they didn't try something fresh or original to throw a little life into the picture.

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Release Date:

20 March 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bomba, enfant de la jungle See more »


Box Office


$85,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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