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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 »
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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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 (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

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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)
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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:
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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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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Humour, heroics and Sabu, 16 August 2005
Author: Igenlode Wordsmith from England

From 'Kim' to 'Carry On up the Khyber', from the famous to the infamous (stand up, Harry Flashman!), the North-West Frontier has proved a fertile source of conflict both fictional and historical... and deposed rulers and fiery mullahs have figured largely from that day to this. The plot of 'The Drum' cribs heavily (and at one point openly, with an impudently-inserted piece of dialogue listing the historical parallels that had been niggling at me!) from real-life events, especially in Afghanistan, and as other stories before and since have been based on the same material, this can result in a certain 'seen-it-all-before' sensation. But the winning element in this film is the touch of humanity and humour which helps the characters to become more than cardboard templates, from the drummer-boy and his misfortunes to the wry jests of the newly-appointed British representative walking open-eyed into a trap. Not to mention that, after a spate of films with seemingly pointless titles, I found it obscurely satisfying to encounter one where the eponymous instrument is actually significant both to the plot and its climax!

The always-excellent Sabu steals the film, as ever, in his role first as a self-possessed princeling and then as a fugitive in exile from his throne; the romantic leads, while well-performed, are less memorable. The tension in the banquet scene is tangible, and Raymond Massey as the usurper brings brains as well as menace to his role. The one element that rather shocked me -- with the exception of the inadvertent glimpse of buttock that reveals exactly what Scotsmen do or don't wear under their kilts! -- was the scene in which the said usurper is shot down by our wounded hero in cold blood, having thrown down his weapon. It's not customary for such an act to be depicted in an apparently approving manner; and certainly not in a film of this period...

I must admit that the question of the period itself had me slightly puzzled, although the mention of syncopation in the drum part for the dance should have given me a clue. I had automatically assumed the story to be set in nineteenth-century India in the heyday of the Raj rather than the contemporary world, and with few European civilian fashions on display, there was nothing to disabuse me of this until the heroine made an appearance in jodhpurs, which came as something of a shock! (And the subconscious resonance with the valleys of 'Carry On up the Khyber' turns out to be based in fact: locations from both were shot in Wales...)

But 'The Drum' is a rousing adventure as they used to make 'em, in the tradition of 'Charge of the Light Brigade' or 'Northwest Frontier'; if you like the genre, this one is a cracker.

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