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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.

Director:

Sam Newfield

Writers:

Fred Myton (story), Fred Myton (screenplay)
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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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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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Adventure

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area was Wednesday 1 November 1950 on WABD (Channel 5). 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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Just Don't Take It Too Serious
22 October 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Nabonga (1944)

** (out of 4)

A thief steals some priceless jewels and heads off in an airplane with his young daughter. The plane ends up crashing and the little girl befriends an injured gorilla in the jungle. Flash forward several years and explorer Ray Gorman (Buster Crabbe) hears about a "white witch" from the jungle that "fell from a big bird" and heads there to search for the jewels. He finds the now woman (Julie London) being protected by a large gorilla but must find a way to get her to lead him to the jewels.

NABONGA, meaning gorilla, is a rather silly and low-budget jungle adventure that manages to be slightly entertaining as long as you don't take it too serious. if you're looking to find a meaning for life or some sort of great art then it's best you avoid this film at all costs and I'd also recommend not even looking at the posters for it. However, if you like cheap entertainment and just want 71 minutes to kill then there's certainly much worse out there.

I think the best thing about the film are the leads. While neither Crabbe or London give excellent performances, they at least have a nice chemistry together and I thought they were good enough to carry the picture. There's a scene where Crabbe is trying to act afraid of her pet gorilla that is quite funny and especially some of the flirtation going on between them.

The biggest problem with the movie is the fact that the budget was probably a tad bit higher than a pack of gum. There's a ton of stock footage in the movie that makes it look even cheaper and there's no doubt that the majority of the "real" footage was probably shot on one set with very limited range. More times than not the characters just stay in one spot and talk.

NABONGA was meant to be cheap entertainment, which is what it pretty much is.


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