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Elephant Boy (1937)

This black and white movie is based on Rudyard Kipling's "Toomai, of the Elephants", in which a small native lad claims he knows the congregating place of the elephant hordes.

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(as Robert Flaherty),

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(story "Toomai of the Elephants"), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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W.E. Holloway ...
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Petersen
Allan Jeayes ...
Machua Appa
Bruce Gordon ...
Rham Lahl
D.J. Williams ...
Hunter
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Commissioner (as Hyde White)
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This black and white movie is based on Rudyard Kipling's "Toomai, of the Elephants", in which a small native lad claims he knows the congregating place of the elephant hordes.

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5 April 1937 (USA)  »

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Djungelns son  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was included in the first syndicated television presentation of a package of major studio feature films on USA television; it premiered on WPIX, New York City, Friday, October 22, 1948. The package consisted of 24 Alexander Korda productions originally released theatrically between 1933 and 1942. See more »

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Featured in Sabu: The Elephant Boy (1993) See more »

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Excellent adventure: Sabu's first film role
10 September 2003 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Wonderful little film adapted from Rudyard Kipling's story Toomai of the Elephants. Kipling's work always makes fine films, even if his British colonialism makes it somewhat dated. This particular film features an unpleasant master-servant relationship between the white man, Petersen (Walter Hudd), and the Indians. But, if you can get past that, and I think most mature people should be able to see the class system in its proper historical light, the movie is very enjoyable. Robert Flaherty discovered Sabu, later to star in such great films as The Thief of Bagdad, The Jungle Book, and Black Narcissus. Sabu is very good, though his English is sometimes difficult to understand. This was Flaherty's only narrative film - I expect that he directed the nature parts of the film and Zoltan Korda directed the actors. The best moments feel just like Flaherty's masterpieces, including a wonderful opening bit (discounting the unnecessary prologue) where Sabu, his elephant, and a monkey echo each other's movements as they all wake up in the morning. The cinematography is quite beautiful, as is the musical score. 8/10.


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