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Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)

Elephants disrupt the lives of a family deep in the jungles of Northern Siam, and an entire village.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Natives of the Wild ...
Themselves
Wild Beasts ...
Themselves
The Jungle ...
Itself
Kru ...
Chantui ...
Nah ...
Nah - Son and Heir of the House of Kru
Ladah ...
Their Little Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bimbo the Monkey
Namul
Than ...
A Friend from the Lao Village
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Storyline

Kru is a pioneer, living deeper in the jungle of northern Siam than any of his predecessors. He solves the problems caused by leopards and tigers attacking his stock by setting traps and killing those beasts. A baby chang (the Siamese word for elephant) is caught in his trap, and thinking he would tame it so it will work for him one day, he tethers it to a post under his house, which is on stilts. Its mother comes and destroys his house. Kru and his family flee to the village, where a mammoth herd of elephants suddenly appear and decimates the buildings in the village. But the villagers fight back. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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3 September 1927 (USA)  »

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$60 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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In real life, Kru had been a fisherman, hunter, trapper, evangelist and carpenter. He first encountered Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack in the capacity of being their guide and interpreter. He was the one who actually sourced the film's plentiful stock of wild animals. Those are his real children playing his own offspring though his wife is actually played by the spouse of one of his friends. See more »

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Title Card: Time and time again fields, towns, great Empires were hacked out of the Jungle... They are forgotten... Always the Jungle rose in its wealth and swallowed them.
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Produced in the Jungles of Northern Siam See more »

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Featured in I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005) See more »

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A silent movie GEM
12 January 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had just seen Cooper's movie "The Most Dangerous Game" and really liked it. A friend of mine suggested this film also by Cooper (&Schoendack) "Chang". I'm not one who normally rents silent movies but glad I did this one. Explores family life in the jungles of Siam (Thailand)in 1925. The way the family interacts with an unbelieveable assortment of animals is astounding. The scenes with tigers, leopards, bears, snakes etc are not to be missed. I venture to say that the elephant (Chang) stampede scene in this movie has never been done the way its done in this film--simply fantastic.


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