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The Golden Idol

USA 1954
produced by
Ford L. Beebe for Allied Artists
directed by Ford L. Beebe
starring Johnny Sheffield, Anne Kimbell, Paul Guilfoyle, Leonard Mudie, Smoki Whitfield, Rick Vallin, Lane Bradford, Roy Glenn, James Adamson, William Tannen, Bill Walker, Don C.Harvey
screenplay by Ford L. Beebe, based on characters by Roy Rockwood, musical director: Marlin Skiles

Bomba the Jungle Boy

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Bomba the Jungle Boy number 10:

Prince Ali (Paul Guilfoyle) hires hunter Hawkins (Lane Bradford) to retrieve a certain Golden Idol from Bomba (Johnny Sheffield), who has stolen the idol from him after Ali has stolen it from a native chieftain and even killed him for it. Interestingly enough, Prince Ali wants to hand the idol over to commissioner Barnes (Leonard Mudie), a close friend of Bomba's, for a handsome reward. But before that can happen, Bomba meets up with Barnes and archeologist Karen (Anne Kimbell) and promises to hand the idol over to them - which is when Hawkins and his men pretend to side with Bomba, Barnes, Karen and friends, and pretend to guard them from Prince Ali and his people - and everybody, even Bomba, whose life Hawkins has saved when he fought a lion, trust Hawkins almost on the spot, and soon enough, Bomba is off to fetch the idol ... when Ali's men stop him cold and capture him, which pretty much ruins the plans of Hawkins, and suddenly  he has to show his true colours, if only not to let Bomba fall into Ali's hands for good and lose his share of the loot.

Ali plans to torture Bomba, but Hawkins quickly realizes that Bomba is too tough and tortures Karen instead until Bomba gives in and agrees to fetch the idol - but two of Ali's guards accompany him, and his friends stay behind, all tied up, as hostages. However, Bomba's chimp frees Bomba's friends and Bomba himself quickly overcomes his companions and sends out a message to the authorities via jungle drums.

It all culminates in a shootout between Hawkins' and Ali's men on one side and Bomba's friends on the other that is only resolved when the police arrives to arrest the baddies. Bomba meanwhile has taken care of Ali and Hawkins, who were approaching the whole thing by boat, but when Bomba tossed it over, Ali was dragged underwater by a giant snake while Bomba gave Hawkins a sound beating.

This film also includes a chase sequence previously seen in the Bomba film The Hidden City from 1950 and footage of quite an impressive fight between a boar and a tiger - and the movie even points out that none of these animals is native to Africa and they were both imported.

 

Ok jungle adventure from the cheap end of the genre, nothing great maybe, but well-paced, quite suspenseful and pretty entertaining all the same.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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