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Director:
Writers:
A.E.W. Mason (by)
Lajos Biró (adaptation)
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Release Date:
29 September 1938 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A CAST OF 3000
Plot:
Set in the India of the British Raj. All the Indians are portrayed as untrustworthy, plotting to overthrow their British masters... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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NewsDesk:
(5 articles)
Christopher Challis
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 10 June 2012, 4:06 PM, PDT)

Eclipse Series 30 - Sabu! (Elephant Boy / The Drum / The Jungle Book)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sabu ... Prince Azim

Raymond Massey ... Prince Ghul

Roger Livesey ... Capt. Carruthers

Valerie Hobson ... Mrs. Carruthers
David Tree ... Lieut. Escott
Desmond Tester ... Bill Holder
Francis L. Sullivan ... Governor (as Francis L.Sullivan)
Archibald Batty ... Major Bond
Frederick Culley ... Dr.Murphy
Amid Taftazani ... Mohammed Khan
Laurence Baskcomb ... Zarullah
Roy Emerton ... Wafadar
Michael Martin Harvey ... Mullah
Martin Walker ... Herrick
Ronald Adam ... Major Gregoff
Charles Oliver ... Rajab
Julien Mitchell ... Sergeant (as Julian Mitchell)
Miriam Pieris ... Indian Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerald Campion ... Soldier (uncredited)

Leo Genn ... Abdul Fakir (uncredited)
Alf Goddard ... Private Kelly (uncredited)
Edward Lexy ... Sgt. Major Kernel (uncredited)
Harry Meakin ... Warrant Officer (uncredited)
Graham Moffatt ... Drummer (uncredited)

Guy Rolfe ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ralph Truman ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Edward Underdown ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Zoltan Korda 
 
Writing credits
A.E.W. Mason (by)

Lajos Biró (adaptation) (as Lajos Biro)

Arthur Wimperis (scenario) &
Patrick Kirwan (scenario) &
Hugh Gray (scenario)

Produced by
Alexander Korda .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Greenwood 
 
Cinematography by
Osmond Borradaile (photographed by) (Indian location scenes)
Georges Périnal (photographed by) (as Georges Perinal)
 
Film Editing by
Henry Cornelius 
 
Production Design by
Vincent Korda (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
René Hubert (uncredited)
 
Production Management
David B. Cunynghame .... production manager
 
Art Department
Vincent Korda .... settings designer: in colour
Ferdinand Bellan .... associate art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
A.W. Watkins .... sound director
 
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matte painter (uncredited)
Peter Ellenshaw .... assistant matte artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Challis .... focus puller (uncredited)
Robert Krasker .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
William Hornbeck .... supervising editor
Maurice Harley .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hector Campbell .... technical adviser (as Brigadier Hector Campbell C.B. D.S.O. M.V.O.)
Aldo Ermini .... photographic adviser: Technicolor
F.D. Henslowe .... technical adviser (as Lieut.Colonel F.D.Henslowe)
Natalie Kalmus .... Technicolor color director
 
Thanks
His Highness the Mehtar of Chitral .... London Film Productions wish to record their appreciation of the valuable assistance extended to them by, during the making of this picture
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Drum" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
104 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Wide Range Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1988) | USA:Approved (PCA #01655)

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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Boxcar Bertha (1972)See more »
Soundtrack:
Penny For Your ThoughtsSee more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The Little Drummer Boy, 20 February 2007
Author: Mike-764 (michaelnella@yahoo.com) from Flushing, NY

The British are trying to make peace treaties with numerous tribes in India to make sure there isn't an uprising among rebel tribes. Captain Carruthers makes a treaty with the prince, but when the prince's brother (Prince Ghul) murders the prince, he now has the tribes just where he wants him (in a spot to annihilate the British). The murdered prince's son (Prince Azul) reaches Carruthers and tells him of what happened, so Carruthers takes a troop to Ghul's fortress. Ghul welcomes Carruthers with a ceremony of a 5 day feast, but when the feast is over Ghul plans to kill all the British troops with their smuggled machine guns, unless Azim can lead a British battalion to Tokot to stop Ghul's mad plan. Despite being politically incorrect with the British superiority over the people of India, the film does contain a fair amount of action and thrills to entertain the film going audience, granted it is no Gunga Din or Four Feathers (the latter of which and this film share the same author). Massey oozes evil as Ghul, and their is decent support with Sabu, youthful as ever as Azim, Massey as the stuffed shirt Carruthers, and Hobson as his wife. The score is decent, but not that rousing and shooting in color limited the best chances to use lighting. Rating, 7.

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