That Funky Monkey

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Nabonga is the epitome of the 40’s jungle picture…It’s got the obligatory “great white hunter” asshole (Buster Crabbe) out to exploit the “uncivilized” local tribe…the orphaned white jungle girl (Julie London) with the very jungly name of…Doreen. And there’s also one very big, very volatile gorilla. My one real beef with this movie is that Julie doesn’t get to sing…She’s one of the all-time greatest torch singers…What kind of exploitation picture wouldn’t cash in on that? There’s plenty of snappy dialogue though, and Crabbe is so convincing that you’ll be itching for the gorilla to crush the skull of that Bwana dick…

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