Stars: 2 / 5
Recommendation: Poor imitation to the likes of Tarzan or Mowgli, the movies were rather slow with subtle racial discrimination, that took the charm out of the films.
Bomba the Jungle Boy is a series of 12 American boy's adventure movies released between 1949 starting with "Bomba, the Jungle Boy" and ending with "Lord of the Jungle" in 1955. The movies were based on the book series created by Roy Rockwood, that were published between 1926 and 1938.
Just as Mowgli was Rudyard Kipling's jungle kid and Tarzan was Edgar Rice Burroughs' so was Bomba created by the Stratemeyer Syndicate under the pseudonym of Roy Rockwood. One cannot help compare Bomba with Mowgli or Tarzan.
Johnny Sheffield starred in the titular role. Sheffield was a natural choice for producer Walter Mirisch since Sheffield had already acted as the "Boy", the teenaged adopted son of Tarzan, in several Tarzan films by then. Sadly when the last of Bomba's films were finished, it ended Sheffield's career too.
Walter Mirisch was a young producer when the first movie in this series was made, but by the time the last movie was finished, he settled himself as a successful producer in Hollywood walking towards an Academy Award winning movie in 1967 for In the Heat of the Night.( Collapse )