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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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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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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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As filming took longer than anticipated, the budget rose from $70,000 to $95,000 with directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack covering the shortfall themselves until Paramount agreed to pay the difference. (Paramount was well rewarded - the film was one of the biggest hits of the year.) See more »

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Surprisingly sensitive and interesting
25 August 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I actually had very low hopes for this movie when I picked it up--it looked like a dull silent documentary about a dull group of Siamese (Thai) villagers living in the jungle. I was either expecting a dull documentary or a fake film filled with White folks dressed like Asians and stock footage instead of real action. However, I was very pleasantly surprised when the film turned out not to exactly be a documentary but had a surprisingly interesting story behind it as well as excellent writing--making this a far from dull story indeed. In addition, the film was not filmed on some back lot or crammed full of stock images, but Paramount Studios went to a lot of trouble--going to Siam and using real Siamese (not conjoined) people. And, these Asians were NOT White people acting like dumb lackeys like Charlie Chan or those in THE GOOD EARTH but real people that you cared about. So, thanks to a good story, decent characters and action as well as a sensitive portrayal in the jungle, this is an excellent film and it occasionally had a nice sense of humor. It also helped that real elephants, tigers, leopards and other animals were used--not props or stuffed animals. However, of all the animal stars, I think I liked the gibbon best--you'd have to see it to understand what I mean.

For 1927, this is truly an amazing and modern film, though modern sensitivities might be aroused. PETA members will no doubt cringe when much of the plot involves hunting and killing tigers and leopards and elephants! All these scenes are amazingly realistic and given that the villagers were being killed by these critters, I could certainly understand the film--but in the 21st century, some people are bound to be shocked with the savagery of the action.


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