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Big game hunter Tom (Don C.Harvey) has come to the African jungle to
search for a boy who has gone lost there 15 years ago - and for some
reason, he brings a man-eating tiger from India in a cage with him. At the
trading post, trader Kirk (Forrest Taylor) tells him there is no such
thing as a jungle boy, but somehow Tom has a hunch the trader is lying ...
and indeed, the trader and his adopted daughter Nita (Alyce Lewis) are
actually friends with the jungle boy, Tawa (Robert Cabal).
Soon enough, Tawa, who speaks perfect English with only the hint of an
accent, shows interest in the white man, and eventually they meet. Tom,
his mind set on the money he has been offered if he brings the boy back to
civilisation, tries to persuade Tawa to go back to civilisation with him
... but instead, he is soon convinced by Tawa about the beauty of jungle
life. Why, Tawa even persuades Tom to give up hunting.
But then, Tawa's chimps free the tiger from its cage (hell, there must
have been a reason for Tom to carry a tiger around), and Tom wants to
shoot the animal before it can do any harm. But Tawa, friend of the
animals, forbids it, and tries to reason with the tiger ... but he has to
look on helplessly as the tiger kills a native, a water buffalo, a gorilla
and a boa constrictor, all Tawa's friends. But when the tiger finally
attacks Tom and he can't pull his gun fast enough, Tawa pulls his knife
and sees himself forced to stab the animal ...
Later, while strolling through the jungle, Tom finds Tawa's mother's
grave and finds out that trader Kirk is acutally Tawa's grandfather -
which is why he lied about the boy's existence. So when Tom leaves the
jungle again - alone -, he promises trader Kirk to keep the jungle boy his
Cheap and cheesy jungle film, filmed mainly in unconvincing indoor
jungle sets with stock footage of the real jungle later spliced in. Robert
Cabal makes a very unconvincing jungle boy. In all, Forbidden jungle is
not a good film, however, if you (like me) like cheap and cheesy jungle
films, you might enjoy this one, against better knowledge.