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The Lost Volcano (1950)

Approved | | Adventure | 25 June 1950 (USA)
When a young boy is kidnapped by hunters who believe he knows the location of a great treasure, Bomba the Jungle Boy seeks to rescue him from them and from a volcano which is about to erupt.


Ford Beebe


Roy Rockwood (based on the character created by), Jack DeWitt (story and screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Johnny Sheffield ... Bomba
Donald Woods ... Paul Gordon
Marjorie Lord ... Ruth Gordon
John Ridgely ... Fred Barton
Tommy Ivo ... David Gordon
Elena Verdugo ... Nona
Don C. Harvey ... Fred Higgins (as Don Harvey)
Grandon Rhodes ... Dr. Charles Langley
Robert Lewis Robert Lewis ... Daniel


Hunting guides have kidnapped David and will force him to lead them to a lost city hidden in the center of an active volcano. Bomba the Jungle Boy arrives to rescue David just as the volcano is about to erupt. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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MIGHTIEST VOLCANIC ERUPTION EVER FILMED! (original print ad - all caps) See more »




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Elena Verdugo, who plays little David's nanny Nona, would later become well-known for playing Consuelo opposite Robert Young in ABC's long-running medical drama Marcus Welby, MD ( for which Verdugo was an Emmy nominee). See more »


When Bomba teaches David how swing on the vine, they push off from the tree limb with David on the left and Bomba to his right. However, when the camera angle changes to a closeup of both swinging side-by-side, David is now on the right of Bomba. In this view, it would have meant that they tangled their vines and physically could not have swung together. See more »


[first lines]
Paul Gordon: Daniel. 'Fraid we can't reach the station tonight. The sun's going down. Tell the men to make camp.
Daniel: Yes, Bwana.
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Followed by Lord of the Jungle (1955) See more »

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"I won't have my son grow up to be some sort of ape man!"
30 May 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

The third entry in Monogram's Bomba series starring Johnny Sheffield has our monosyllabic hero befriending the son of an animal trapper. The boy's parents (Donald Woods, Marjorie Lord) believe Bomba is the boy's imaginary friend. When some bad men try to force the boy to take them to the ruins of a lost city near an active volcano, Bomba comes to the rescue.

Child actor Tommy Ivo plays the boy who idolizes Bomba and gives the corniest 'aw-shucks' performance this side of Timmy from the Lassie TV show. Donald Woods is his usual stiff self. Pretty Marjorie Lord and Elena Verdugo represent the fairer sex in this one, for better or worse. Bomba really needed a regular cast of characters like Tarzan had. The lack of one hurts the series, I think. This has the expected amounts of stock footage and rear projection effects all of the Bomba movies have. The climax goes on way too long. It's a decent B jungle adventure picture but nothing remarkable. Which is par for the course with this series. Might play better for the kiddos. But watch out for that python scene!

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Release Date:

25 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bagliori sulla giungla See more »

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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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