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Killer Leopard(1954)

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Killer Leopard (1954)

The 'Bomba the Jungle Boy' movies played a dozen variations on the theme of greedy outsiders disturbing the natural wilderness order defended by the semi-feral Bomba (Johnny Sheffield). The Killer Leopard (1954) in this tenth chapter is but one hazard on a safari to smuggle uncut diamonds past the English colonial authorities. The personal drama concerns the bad marriage of movie star Linda Winters (Beverly Garland) and her crooked husband Fred (Donald Murphy). Linda tries to steer her hubby back onto the straight and narrow, but Fred and his bad associates don't listen. Once again, most of the action plays out amid greenery on a sound stage, while occasional stock shots provide the jungle scenery and wild animals. As Johnny Sheffield was now twenty-three years of age, Bomba's lack of romantic interest in his leading ladies suggested that he had perhaps outgrown the role. The reliable writer-director-producer Ford Beebe found a way for the protector of the jungle to make a dignified exit back to his wilderness home.

By Glenn Erickson

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