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When their airplane breaks down in mid air high above the African
jungle, Jenny (June Wincent) and her young son Tommy (Beau Bridges) have
to bail out and go down by parachute. But while Jenny lands comparatively
softly on the ground and is soon found by Steve's (Jon Hall) safari, Tommy
has not so much luck: He is hit on the head at landing and almost falls
prey to the wild jungle animals - when gorilla Zamba (Ray 'Crash'
Corrigan) saves his life and adopts him in his deceased son's stead.
Tommy, who suffers from amnesia due to the hit on the head, has no
objections and even seems to enjoy toying around with a gorilla.
In the meantime, Steve agrees to, with his little hunting expedition,
help Jenny find her boy, and before long, Jenny's sister Carol (Jane Nigh)
and her sidekick Marvin (George O'Hanlon) join in the search.
Eventually, Steve stumbles upon the boy, but the amnesiac boy now
instinctively mistrusts humans and calls for Zamba, who then beats up
Steve but good.
Later, Tommy comes across Jenny and Carol and curiously watches them
from a distance, but when they notice him and try to catch him, he runs
away, and ultimately he climbs a rock but trips, falls and is hit on the
head again - and wouldn't you know it, this second hit restores his memory
and suddenly he knows his mother again and the like ... but enter Zamba
once more, who couldn't care less about the mother who has lost her child,
and he actually wants to tear Jenny apart, and not even bullets can stop
him - only the pleading of little Tommy ultimately calms him down, and he
sets Tommy free and lets our group of heroes move on ...
I've said it before and I'll probably say it again - I love cheap and
cheesy jungle pix, and especially those that have Ray 'Crash' Corrigan as
a gorilla in a suitably big role ... and thus Zamba can't be all
bad, can it ?
Well, to be quite honest, Zamba is at times almost painfully childish
while its story definitely lacks excitement - which above all is proven by
the anticlimactic resolution to its climax (when Zamba wants to kill
Tommy's mom). Of course, even in a film like this there are scenes that
are worth a giggle or two, but somehow that's just not enough ...