The Bushbaby


1h 40m 1970

Brief Synopsis

A lost girl undertakes a perilous trip across Africa.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Adventure
Family
Release Date
Nov 1970
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Velvet Film Productions
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
United Kingdom
Location
Tanzania
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Bushbabies by William H. Stevenson (Boston, 1965).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m
Color
Color

Synopsis

Jackie, daughter of widower John Leeds, an East African game warden, receives as a pet the small bushbaby Komba. As the Leedses board a ship to return to England, Jackie learns that she cannot take her pet. When she leaves the liner to restore the animal to its habitat, the ship departs without her. Jackie is found beside the dock by Tembo, the Leeds' black servant. She dissuades him from calling the police, preferring to visit a family friend. Upon arriving, however, they find his home deserted. Jackie's disappearance having been detected, the police assume her abduction by Tembo and launch a manhunt for the innocent black. The Hadj, a local ivory poacher fearing discovery during the police investigation, commands his minions to kill Tembo. Overtaken by the henchmen, Jackie is accidentally wounded by a poisoned arrow and sinks into a coma. The fugitives, however, are found by Professor Crankshaw, who gives Jackie an antidote. Unwilling to risk her life in the professor's ancient airplane, Tembo takes Jackie to the land of Masai. When the police locate the pair in a hut, they plan Tembo's execution. Although Tembo is wounded by their bullets, Leeds arrives in time to save the black from further harm.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Adventure
Family
Release Date
Nov 1970
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Velvet Film Productions
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
United Kingdom
Location
Tanzania
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Bushbabies by William H. Stevenson (Boston, 1965).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m
Color
Color

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Exterior scenes filmed in Tanzania; working title: The Bushbabies. Produced with the cooperation the Tanzanian government.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall November 1970

Released in United States Fall November 1970