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produced by
Maurice Conn, Bert M. Stearn (executive) for Conn Pictures
directed by William Berke
starring Jon Hall, June Vincent, Jane Nigh, Beau Bridges, George O'Hanlon, Harry Lauter, George Cooper, Darby Jones, Theron Jackson, Alphonse Martell, Pierre Watkin, & as gorilla Ray Corrigan (= Ray 'Crash' Corrigan)
screenplay by Barbara Worth, based on the story The Girl and the Gorilla by Maurice Conn, music by Raoul Kraushaar

review by
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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 ...


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