BUSTER IS STILL THE BEST!
Robert Baumgaertner | NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA United States | 04/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am 26yrs.old and many people can't understand how someone my age could be a fanatic over NABONGA and all the great movies and serials with BUSTER CRABBE.This film is on of my favorite ''BUSTER''flicks becuase it's clean,very enjoyable for anyone of any age and you get to see CRABBE do some swimming.For those who don't know,CRABBE was an olympic swimmer.All in all this and evey other ''BUSTER''flick is worth spending money on."
"Buster Crabbe Action Series ... Nabonga Gorilla (1944) ...
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 10/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"VCI Entertainment and Producers Releasing Corporation present "NABONGA GORILLA" (1944) (75 mins/B&W) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- relive those thrilling days when Buster Crabbe took us into the jungle with suspenseful excitement every time... the Buster Crabbe series of Poverty Row Films were a staple of Saturday matinees in the 1930s and 1940s ... don't miss any of the Buster Crabbe features loaded with action that will leave you wanting more of his screen time in Hollywood USA,
Under Sam Newfield (Director), Sigmund Neufeld (Producer), Fred Myton (Story and (Screenplay), Willy Stahl (Music Director), Robert E. Cline (Cinematographer), Holbrook N. Todd (Editor) ----- the cast includes Buster Crabbe (Ray Gorman), Fifi D'Orsay (Marie), Barton MacLane (Carl Hurst), Julie London (Doreen Stockwell), Bryant Washburn (Hunter), Herbert Rawlinson (T.F. Stockwell), Prince Modupe (Tobo), Jackie Newfield (Doreen Stockwell, as a child), Ray Corrigan (Nabongo the Gorilla), I. Stanford Jolley (Policeman) . . . . . . our story goes deep into the jungle of Africa searching for the sole survivor a young girl of a plane crash ... a young girl Julie London is now a woman and protected by a gorilla (Ray Corrigan in a gorilla suit) who found her ... to clear his father and his bank Buster Crabbe is bound and determined to find out what really happened ... but Barton MacLane his guide has other ideas and the plot thickens and the excitement builds ... will Buster get the money, save the girl, take care of MacLane without any interference from the gorilla Nabonga ... this could be very tricky and interesting so sit back and enjoy what is about to unfold ------ special footnote, Julie London was an actress and a very sultry singer who starred in a number of movies in the 40s & 50s before beginning a popular singing career, most remembered for her role as Nurse Dixie McCall in the television series "Emergency!" (1972), Julie's biggest popularity as a singer was in the late 50s, leaving her full-time film career to concentrate on her singing career, over 40 of her albums to date have been released, and her vocal style has been endeared by many core fans, known as "The Liberty Girl" for helping establish Liberty Records as a successful label, her many hit albums on that label include "Julie Is Her Name", "Calendar Girl" with some borderline erotic (for the time) cover photography by Gene Lester, "About the Blues", "Your Number, Please", "Send For Me", "Love Letters", "The End of the World", "In Person at the Americana", "The Wonderful World of Julie London" and the provocatively titled "Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast".------ another great jungle adventure for Buster Crabbe under the PRC Picture banner, proves to be one of his most exciting performances.
Special footnote, actor Buster Crabbe graduated from the University of Southern California and won the 400 meter freestyle in which he medaled in the 1932 Olympics, went to work for Paramount in "King of the Jungle" (1933), next role was "Tarzan the Fearless (1933), Crabbe returned to Paramount Pictures was featured in Zane Grey Westerns which were well received, then came the roles that made him a household word "Flash Gordon" and "Buck Rogers" at Universal Picture Serials (1936-1940), meanwhile PRC Studios was looking for a leading hero "Billy the Kid" and "Billy Carson" in the 1940's B-Western series and ran its course for six years, later made several televison appearances and appeared in a series "Captain Gallant and the Foreign Legion" (1955-1957).....
1. Buster Crabbe (aka: Clarence Linden Crabbe II)
Birth Date: 2/17/1907 - Oakland California
Died: 4/23/1983 - Scottsdale, Arizona
2. Barton MacLane
Date of birth: 25 December 1902 - Columbia, South Carolina
Date of death: 1 January 1969 - Santa Monica, California
3. Julie London (aka: Julie Peck)
Date of birth: 26 September 1926 - Santa Rosa, California
Date of death: 18 October 2000 - Encino, California
4. Ray "Crash" Corrigan (aka: Raymond Benard)
Date of birth: 14 February 1902 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date of death: 10 August 1976 - Brookings Harbor, Oregon
5. Sam Newfield (Director)
Date of birth: 6 December 1899 - New York, New York
Date of death: 10 November 1964 - Los Angeles, California
If you crave action, drama and plenty of adventure check out other western double features with Buster Crabbe:
BUSTER CRABBE WESTERN DOUBLE FEATURES:
1. Vol. 1 - Western Cyclone/Sheriff of Sage Valley (1942-43) (VCI #7213) (DVD)
2. Vol. 2 - Fugitive of the Plains/Fuzzy Settles Down (1943-44) (VCI #7299) (DVD)
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Total Time: 75 min on DVD/VHS ~ VCI Home Video ~ (10/24/2000)"