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Bomba, the Jungle Boy (1949) Poster

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This was the first of 12 features, made during a over a six-year period (1949-55), starring Johnny Sheffield as Bomba that were made by "Poverty Row" studio Monogram Pictures. Sheffield had made his last Tarzan movie two years earlier. When the last Bomba feature was made in 1955, it would mark the end of Sheffield's film career.
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The original novel, initiated by Statemeyer Syndicate, was written by a series of ghostwriters (this volume being attributed to either John Duffiel or Howard Garris or both) under the pseudonym of Roy Rockwood in 1926. It was the first volume of a very successful series that lasted until 1938. The publishers were Cupples and Leon.
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As an example of the innovative ways "Poverty Row" studios utilized to cut costs, Monogram Pictures had a second-unit crew shoot about a dozen angles of star Johnny Sheffield swinging through the jungle on various vines. These scenes were then used for not only this movie but all 11 subsequent Bomba features, saving Monogram thousands in production costs.
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Producer Walter Mirisch says in his biography that the publicity man from Monogram Pictures invited newspapermen to the Chicago Zoo, where a 16mm projector had been set up in front of its cage so it could watch. The newspaper photographers kept observing the gorilla, looking for a response; they found him either yawning when he was bored with a particular sequence, or jumping up and down when he was excited by another scene.
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