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The Golden Idol (1954)

Approved | | Adventure | 10 January 1954 (USA)
It's Bomba the Jungle Boy to the rescue when the evil Arab chieftain Ali Ben Mamoud steals a golden idol from the Watusi tribe.

Director:

Ford Beebe

Writers:

Roy Rockwood (characters), Ford Beebe
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Johnny Sheffield ... Bomba
Anne Kimbell ... Karen Marsh
Paul Guilfoyle ... Prince Ali Ben Mamoud
Leonard Mudie ... Commissioner Andy Barnes
Smoki Whitfield Smoki Whitfield ... Eli
Rick Vallin ... Abdullah
Lane Bradford ... Joe Hawkins
Roy Glenn ... Gomo
James Adamson James Adamson ... Ezekial
William Tannen ... Sergeant Reed
Don C. Harvey ... Officer Graves (as Don Harvey)
Bill Walker ... Nadji
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Storyline

The Lost Idol of Watusi, a valuable archaeological treasure, has come into the hands of Bomba. Murderous Arabian chieftain Ali Ben Mamoud hires the equally unscrupulous soldier of fortune Joe Hawkins to get the treasure. British museum scientist Karen Marsh, Commissioner Barnes, his number one boy Eli and Ezekiel are also seeking the Idol. Hawkins and his native henchman, Gomo, double-cross Mamoud and set out to get the treasure for themselves. Things go downhill for them after Bomba takes an active hand; he overpowers Hawkins in an underwater fight and Mamoud is drowned in the coils of a huge water snake. District policemen Reed and Graves place the surviving plotters under arrest, and Bomba and his chimp Kimbbo fade away in the jungle as Barnes, Karen and Eli disappear by boat over the waters of Pongola Basin (played by Monogram's back lot). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bomba und der goldene Götze See more »

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Allied Artists Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Joe Hawkins: I'm not sure he's got the idol with him or he'd have produced it by now.
Prince Ali Ben Mamoud: Then all we have to do is capture him and make him tell us where it's hidden.
Joe Hawkins: Sounds simple but Bomba's tough. I'm not sure you can break him.
Prince Ali Ben Mamoud: I'd enjoy trying.
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"It's a long run, my friends!"
25 May 2015 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Tenth entry in the "Bomba" canon is a drowsily-paced adventure with Johnny Sheffield's resourceful, likable jungle boy the only point of interest--the villains all being cut-outs right off the series' assembly-line. A hunter is hired by the nefarious Prince Ali to retrieve the Golden Idol of Watusi, which he claims is his, stolen by Bomba. Turns out the Arab chieftain forcibly took it from a native, who was left for dead; Bomba promises to get it back. A nice swimming scene between a giddy Bomba and the resident pretty girl (Anne Kimball) is the highlight here, the plot and action being extremely tired. For completists, Bomba is bound and gagged (again), overturns a boat for an underwater fight and--in an amusing Ed Wood-like moment--allows a python to drown one of the bad guys. Regulars Leonard Mudi (as Mr. Barnes) and Smoki Whitfield (as faithful guide Eli) turn in their usual solid supporting performances, but this low-budget quickie would be nothing with Sheffield. *1/2 from ****


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