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Bomba and the Hidden City (1950)

Princess Leah is the rightful heir to a tribal throne which has been stolen from her by the dastardly Hassan. Bomba the Jungle Boy, of course, comes to her rescue.


Ford Beebe


Carroll Young (screenplay), Roy Rockwood (based on characters created by)




Complete credited cast:
Johnny Sheffield ... Bomba
Sue England ... Zidah
Paul Guilfoyle ... Hassan
Damian O'Flynn ... Dennis Johnson
Leon Belasco ... Raschid
Charles La Torre Charles La Torre ... Abdullah
Smoki Whitfield ... Hadji


Nature photographer Dennis Johnson is astounded to see a young white boy swinging through the jungle. His host, Hassan Emir of the Hidden City, tells him the continent is full of of stories of children being raised by wild animals. The Emir sends out his henchman to kill Bomba. Seriously wounded, Bomba floats down the river on a fallen tree and is rescued by a village girl, Leah. When he learns that Leah is a princess whose father was overthrown by Hassan, Bomba sets out to help her reclaim her title. Written by garykmcd

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When Bomba and Princess Zidah bed down for the night, the Production Code decreed that they must sleep in separate trees. See more »


After Bomba has supposedly been whipped for several minutes, Johnny Sheffield feigns being in pain, but there are no visible marks anywhere on him. See more »


Dennis Johnson: [after Bomba has been shot down while swinging on a vine] "You fool! We came to capture Bomba, not to kill him!"
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Followed by Elephant Stampede (1951) See more »

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Life, But Not with the Lions
13 December 2011 | by The_Dying_FlutchmanSee all my reviews

"Bomba and the Hidden City" is a slipshod chapter of a very cut rate series of adventure sagas. It was directed, however, by a master of the serial form, Forde Beebe. This kiddie clunker was the kind of thing Beebe could direct in his sleep and judging from what follows the title, that's where he spent most of his time, jungle hammock style, collecting a cool $150 salary while waiting for the bus to another part of the forest.

The storyline follows our semi-intrepid jungle boy, by now really filling out his French cut Tarzan loin wrap. He galumphs and swings through the eucalyptus trees of the Santa Anita Racetrack Botanic Gardens, searching for some supposed hidden city. This "city" more of a couple of shacks with a forlorn palm-tree and a few added stumps,seems to be known by everyone especially the Arab suits, read villains. The plot is something like "Tarzan's Desert Mystery" or "Tarzan's Nazi Adventure" or "The Return of Somebody with a Name like Schnarzan". Forgive me, sometimes I get carried away with all the excitement. The city, hidden or not, has the sister of another member of the cast who may or may not have been there before. Nobody knows for sure. Also, in the village is somebody called "Ferengi", perhaps an escapee from a space opera, though that is probably doubtful. As can be expected, Bomba makes everything right while hardly having to fling his spear.The bad guys get their well deserved drenching and just when we are sitting on the edge of our thrones with the possibility of the jungle boy getting his first lady friend, the end comes. But one big thing we can be sure of, in the next outing of our titular hero, he still won't have any body hair, a true "child" until all the film runs out!

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Release Date:

24 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hidden City See more »

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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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