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The Golden Idol (1954)

Approved | | Adventure | 10 January 1954 (USA)
It's Bomba the Jungle Boy to the rescue when the evil Arab chieftain Ali Ben Mamoud steals a golden idol from the Watusi tribe.


Ford Beebe


Roy Rockwood (characters), Ford Beebe




Complete credited cast:
Johnny Sheffield ... Bomba
Anne Kimbell ... Karen Marsh
Paul Guilfoyle ... Prince Ali Ben Mamoud
Leonard Mudie ... Commissioner Andy Barnes
Smoki Whitfield ... Eli
Rick Vallin ... Abdullah
Lane Bradford ... Joe Hawkins
Roy Glenn ... Gomo
James Adamson James Adamson ... Ezekial
William Tannen ... Sergeant Reed
Don C. Harvey ... Officer Graves (as Don Harvey)
Bill Walker ... Nadji


The Lost Idol of Watusi, a valuable archaeological treasure, has come into the hands of Bomba. Murderous Arabian chieftain Ali Ben Mamoud hires the equally unscrupulous soldier of fortune Joe Hawkins to get the treasure. British museum scientist Karen Marsh, Commissioner Barnes, his number one boy Eli and Ezekiel are also seeking the Idol. Hawkins and his native henchman, Gomo, double-cross Mamoud and set out to get the treasure for themselves. Things go downhill for them after Bomba takes an active hand; he overpowers Hawkins in an underwater fight and Mamoud is drowned in the coils of a huge water snake. District policemen Reed and Graves place the surviving plotters under arrest, and Bomba and his chimp Kimbbo fade away in the jungle as Barnes, Karen and Eli disappear by boat over the waters of Pongola Basin (played by Monogram's back lot). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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At the time of its original release in 1954, The Golden Idol (the 10th title in the 12 film Bomba franchise) was widely criticized for having even more "recycled" footage (stock shots of "wild animals" and entire action sequences lifted from previous Bomba movies) than the usual "Poverty Row" release. The general consensus was that the Bomba series was growing tired and lazy. See more »


Prince Ali Ben Mamoud: I hope you will not laugh at what I am about to ask you - Have you heard the legend of a man named Bomba?
Joe Hawkins: He is no legend - I myself have seen him...
Prince Ali Ben Mamoud: Since you know this Bomba, you know that he is a devil - A devil with the strength of a gorilla and the cunning of a snake!
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Watusi Deity
3 March 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Golden Idol has the youthful Bomba The Jungle Boy in pursuit of a The Golden Idol that the Watusi tribe worships. Perennial movie villain Paul Guilfoyle plays the evil Arab sheik who stole the idol and he and Johnny Sheffield as Bomba have some history between them.

Bomba is quite the jungle cop in his own way, throughout the twelve picture series always on the side of law and order which in this case is represented by Leonard Mudie as Commissioner Andy Barnes. Those tribes accepting British rule will always find a champion in Bomba.

Allowance has to be made as the Bomba series was for the juvenile trade, but watching them as watching the Tarzan you would never know about the forces of anti-colonialism that were spreading like wildfire across the continent. Three years after this film was released, the British Commonwealth cut loose by mutual consent the Gold Coast colony which became the nation of Ghana. In the next several years new nations came in abundance. The Tarzan films accommodated the new reality eventually, but the Bomba series ended before all that.

Anyway The Golden Idol shows a little wear and tear of the character as originality has left the series if it was ever there in the first place.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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