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The Lion Hunters (1951)

Open | | Adventure | 25 March 1951 (USA)
Bomba the Jungle Boy informs ne'er-do-well lion hunters that the lions were meant to roam the jungle freely. Since they pay him no attention, Bomba must save the lions (and Jean, incidentally).


Ford Beebe


Ford Beebe (screenplay), Roy Rockwood (characters)




Complete credited cast:
Johnny Sheffield ... Bomba
Morris Ankrum ... Tom Forbes
Ann E. Todd ... Jean Forbes (as Ann Todd)
Douglas Kennedy ... Marty Martin
Smoki Whitfield ... Jonas
Davis Roberts ... Lohu (as Robert Davis)
Woody Strode ... Walu (as Woodrow Strode)


Bomba the Jungle Boy finds a wounded lion dying a slow and painful death, he finds a group on safari trapping lions for sale to zoos, which were unable to obtain such animals during the war. Tom Forbes, accompanied by his daughter Jean, is traveling downstream to join his business partner Marty Martin, who has already captured several beasts for shipment. As Bomba sets out to release the animals as soon as they are captured, he gains an ally in Jean Forbes whom he convinces the capturing and display of animals is wrong. Martin is bent on succeeding however, even if it means killing the Jungle Boy. Written by garykmcd

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The tall Masai warrior standing behind the tribal chief when he and Bomba discuss the wounded lion is played by Woody Strode, who would later become one of Hollywood's first recognizable African American character actors, with prominent roles in such memorable films as Spartacus, the 1956 remake of The Ten Commandments and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. See more »


Jean Forbes: You know, Dad, I've had the strangest feeling for the past few minutes that we're being watched from cover.
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Not expecting Academy Awards but Bomba was a positive role model
27 December 2011 | by artmensorSee all my reviews

These movies were made for kids back when kids had decent role models to look up to. Bomba was a gentle young man with the right attitude and the right morals to show kids. Not like today's 'heroes' that kill and maim and blow up everything and drive cars along the streets like every one else is a stunt driver on the road.

I would much rather live in Bomba's world than today's world. It is too bad that times changed, for the worse, and these kind of movies ended. Like with the "B" western movies, we always knew who the good guy was and what he stood for and in the end he showed us all that the right way is the best way and always produces winners.

With Johnny Sheffield's smile and gentle way of talking, it is a shame that he ended his movie career, but he did much better with the money he made from these movies to build his future. He wasn't just a boy raised in the jungle with animals after all.

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Release Date:

25 March 1951 (USA) See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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