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The Lost Volcano (1950)
Topic Started: May 16 2017, 08:50 PM (206 Views)
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The Lost Volcano (1950) Written and Directed by Ford Beebe
A Monogram Picture
75 min. / B&W / 1.33:1

Well, at least you know what you're gettin' with a Bomba picture, and BOY are these reviews a piece o' cake to write.

Some great white hunters kidnap a little kid because he knows the way to the Lost Volcano, where a fortune in emeralds is hidden. The kid just happens to be Bomba's pal, though (and even wears a matching loin cloth and swings on vines with him) and so Bomba leaps to his rescue, to the chagrin of the kid's dad, who was constantly punishing Junior for "making up stories" about his jungle friend.

Yeah, yeah, whatever. Lots of animal stock footage, Bomba wrestles a rubber alligator, and a completely non-native plays a native (in this case, Elena Verdugo, for heaven's sake). Marjorie Lord and Donald Woods are the kid's parent, and Tommy Ivo is the Bomba groupie and let me just say, the scenes with them two of 'em frolicking together in matching loin clothes are... unsettling.

Million-dollar Dialog:
Bomba: "Father BAD."
Kid Bomba: "He' not really bad, Bomba. It's just that he doesn't understand things. Like ALL grownups!"

As I said, one knows exactly what one is gettin' with a Bomba movie. They never disappoint and they never surprise, neither. The climactic volcano eruption, a mixture of nice effects (the set shimmies and shakes) and embarrassing stock footage (the "exploding volcano" looks like WWII newsreel footage of bombs going off), is worth stickin' around for.

This is on the Bomba DVD collection Vol. 1 from Warner Archive in a lovely print.
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Didn't Bomba drop the Tarzan talk in favor of regular English at some point? Recall seeing a couple back-to-back on TV many decades ago; recall the first film had him doing the Tarzan-Tonto-Monster thing while the second had him smoothly debating with the villains.
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