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Nabonga (1944)

Approved | | Adventure | 25 January 1944 (USA)
When a treasure hunter seeks a downed airplane in the jungles of Africa, he encounters one of the passenger's young daughter, now fully grown, and with a gorilla protector.

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Sam Newfield

Writers:

Fred Myton (story), Fred Myton (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Crabbe ... Ray Gorman
Fifi D'Orsay ... Marie
Barton MacLane ... Carl Hurst
Julie London ... Doreen Stockwell
Bryant Washburn ... Hunter
Herbert Rawlinson ... Stockwell
Prince Modupe Prince Modupe ... Tobo
Jackie Newfield Jackie Newfield ... Doreen Stockwell - as a Child
Ray Corrigan ... Gorilla (as Nbongo)
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Storyline

In an effort to clear the name of his deceased father, young Ray Gorman travels to darkest Africa to try to track down the money embezzled from his father's bank years earlier. After a long trek through the jungle Gorman finds the money in the care of beautiful 'white witch' Doreen, daughter of the now long-dead embezzler. Gorman finds his goal difficult to accomplish as not only does Doreen, guarded by a huge, ferocious gorilla, not want to give up the money, but greedy guide Carl Hurst has followed Gorman's trail, intent on getting the money himself by any means necessary. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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A WHITE GIRL RULES THE JUNGLE...HER STRENGTH OF POWER WAS "NABONGA!" (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gorilla See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in 1943, not released until 1944. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Policeman: Mr. Stockwell, open up, it's the police. Open up the door or we'll break it in!
[the policeman batter down the door and search the apartment]
Policeman: Well, he's gone. Some little girl's going to have a broken heart when she discovers her doll was left behind.
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Edited into Dark Jungle Theater: Nabonga (2015) See more »

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Nabonga vs. Peter Jackson
12 September 2008 | by vitaleralphlouisSee all my reviews

NABONGA is just a low-budget gorilla adventure from PRC Pictures, but it offers a good story, more African wildlife shots than most Tarzan movies, and a reasonable level of sex appeal. At 75 minutes, the movie is never dull; and it matters not that Nabonga is an actor in a gorilla suit -- because audiences allowed some slack if the story was good. This rates a solid 7/10, if not better.

Contrast this with Peter Jackson's overblown, miserable, and downright stupid 2006 gorilla movie --- that cost in excess of $100 million --- and was dying fast at the box office (per word-of-mouth) two weeks after its release. Jackson's movie had no entertainment value at all.

Some say that Nabonga was the inspiration to the 1950 "Mighty Joe Young" --- a truly excellent classic made by the same skilled people that made the 1933 "King Kong". I'd say, not quite. "Nabonga" is a much slimmer story.

You can rent Nabonga + Swamp Fire from Netflix, or buy a DVD for about $2.00 on eBay or elsewhere. Worth your time and money.


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