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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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(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)
 (From GreenCine. 14 December 2011, 4:49 PM, PST)

Daily Briefing. Sabu!
 (From MUBI. 30 November 2011, 3:07 AM, PST)

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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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Imperial Dash, 21 March 2010
Author: xandar27 from United Kingdom

A rare opportunity to see a rip-roaring, all-colour, flag-waving vision of the British Empire - made by and for the people who supported and believed in it. Produced in 1938, less than a decade before a tired, post-war Britain finally quit India, this is an almost unique chance to witness the Empire's own view of itself. As such, it is a significant historical document.

Produced and Directed by the Korda Brothers from their London Studios, many of its scenes were actually shot in the Northwest Frontier of India, (modern Pakistan.) With the participation of the Gordon Highlanders and Indian Army, this has a spectacle that dwarfs many Hollywood features. The story, with its loyal "good" Indians, and treacherous "bad" Indians runs deep with the paternalist ideology which provided the justification for the later Empire. With a firm-jawed main character called Caruthers, (Roger Livesey), whose wife cannot endure the constant beating of the drums, the film seems to be the source of more than a few imperial clichés. Raymond Massey joins the cast as a convincingly sinister villain, and Sabu is the young princely hero. And although it jars today with its casual patronising of the Indians, and an assumption of an almost divine British right to rule far-off lands, it is a grand epic that reflects the last hurrah of a now-vanished era.

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