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Bomba and the Jungle Girl (1952)

Bomba, the Jungle Boy and now animal protector, discovers human skeletons which turn out to be those of his parents.


Ford Beebe


Roy Rockwood (based on books by), Ford Beebe (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Johnny Sheffield ... Bomba
Karen Sharpe ... Linda Ward
Walter Sande ... Mr. Ward
Suzette Harbin Suzette Harbin ... Princess Baru
Martin Wilkins Martin Wilkins ... Gamboso the Usurper
Morris Buchanan ... Chief Kokoli
Leonard Mudie ... Commissioner Andy Barnes
Don Blackman Don Blackman ... Umgala, Baru's Henchman
Amanda Randolph Amanda Randolph ... Linasi
Bruce Carruthers Bruce Carruthers ... Constable
Roy Glenn ... Kaje
Jack Clisby Jack Clisby ... Messenger
Bill Walker ... The Wards' Headman
Kimbbo the Chimp Kimbbo the Chimp ... Kimbbo


Bomba decides he wants to know more about his parents and sets out to find out what happened to them. He learns they were in contact with a tribe that he knows little about but the tribal chief and his daughter are evasive and clearly hiding something. One of the tribesman befriends him however and tells him that the current chief is not the hereditary leader of the tribe and was behind the death of Bomba's parents. They set out to find their graves. Written by garykmcd

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The headquarters of Monogram Pictres, the company that made the Bomba movies, was on Sunset Boulevard, and was one of the few flm companies actually located in Hollywood proper. In the years since Monogram folded, the property was sold to KCET (the PBS station for Los Angeles) and is now owned by the Church of Scientology. See more »


In the fight sequence between the water buffalo and the leopard, the leopard's spots change several times and the last shot shows a adolescent cub leaving the scene. See more »


Mr. Ward: [Realizing Bomba has returned to the jungle, and calling after him with his recently dicovered birth name] Hastings!
Commissioner Andy Barnes: His name may be Hastings to you, but he'll always be Bomba to the friends in the jungle he's come to help...
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Follows The Lost Volcano (1950) See more »

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Not a Bad Bomba
9 April 2016 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

This could be called the origin of Bomba (Johnny Sheffield). As such, the story is more interesting than usual. Presently, in picturesque Africa, the jungle boy watches different animals with their children. Bomba is sad because every animal in the jungle has father and mother but him. This leads Bomba on a journey of self-discovery. We will finally see the fate of Bomba's parents, John and Laura Hastings. An entertaining "native" Suzette Harbin (as Baru) plays a large part. She's silly, but fun to watch. The pretty girl role is filled exceptionally well by Karen Sharpe (as Linda Ward). Of course, she has a swimming scene. Cast wisely, Ms. Sharpe beautifully fills her one-piece bathing suit. Also lifting this entry is a nicely edited fire sequence. The smoke, controlled background fires and added foreground effects are quite effective. Some acting rehearsals and flashback scenes might have improved this story, along with a more appropriate title.

***** Bomba and the Jungle Girl (12/7/52) Ford Beebe ~ Johnny Sheffield, Karen Sharpe, Walter Sande, Suzette Harbin

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Release Date:

7 December 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jungle Girl 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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