Zamba (1949)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Animal Picture, Family-Oriented Adventure, Jungle Film  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Eight-year-old Beau Bridges essayed his first leading role in Zamba. Bridges plays a young boy who, with his mother (June Vincent), is stranded in the middle of the African jungle. Through circumstances beyond their control, mother and son are separated. She manages to reach civilization and organize a searching party for her son. Meanwhile, the boy is adopted by a friendly gorilla named Zamba (actually veteran stuntman Ray Corrigan in an ape suit). Comedy relief is provided by George O'Hanlon, taking a break from his "Joe McDoakes" short subjects. One wonders if clips from Zamba will resurface when Beau Bridges receives his AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in the year 2019.



family-reunion, feral-child, survivor, boy, bridge [structure], gorilla, jungle