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Gunga Din (1939)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, War | 17 February 1939 (USA)
In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land.

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Based loosely on the poem by Rudyard Kipling, this takes place in British India during the Thuggee uprising. Three fun loving sergeants are doing fine until one of them wants to get married and leave the service. The other two trick him into a final mission where they end up confronting the entire cult by themselves as the British Army is entering a trap. This is of the "War is fun" school of movie making. It has the flavour of watching Notre Dame play an inferior high school team. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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THRILLS FOR A THOUSAND MOVIES PLUNDERED FOR ONE MIGHTY SHOW! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Adventure | Comedy | War

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17 February 1939 (USA)  »

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Aufstand in Sidi Hakim  »

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$1,910,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Filming near Mount Whitney, McLaglen and Fairbanks came close to serious injury when a car they were in collided with a terrified elephant who had become very upset during a thunderstorm. See more »

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When in the village, the command is given to "Form a Square". This type of military formation was used as a defence against large massed assaults, usually of cavalry and would not have been of much use against riflemen/ snipers in buildings. It would have made the troops a larger target. See more »

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Gunga Din: The salute satisfactory?
Sgt. Archibald Cutter: That's the idea. Only... you want these fingers to fan the eyebrows more like this.
[makes a salute]
Sgt. Archibald Cutter: The breeze from them fingers oughta almost blow these eyebrows off. Now try it again.
[Din salutes, Cutter smiles]
Sgt. Archibald Cutter: Very good. Very good indeed. Eh... That one almost blew your turban off, didn't it?
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The credits appear on a gong. Standing next to the gong is a Hindu man, and every time he strikes the gong, the credits change. See more »

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Featured in The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (1970) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
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Lyrics by Scottish poet Robert Burns
Played as part of the score at the end
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or The Three Musketeers go to India...great fun...
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'Gunga Din' is the kind of film you cherish after the first viewing and then want to revisit from time to time. It stays in the memory and for valid reasons--the casting is perfect with the three buddies entering into the spirit of the whole thing--the perfect buddy movie. Cary Grant gave many fine performances on film but this is one of his greatest--heroic and funny at the same time. Sam Jaffe is excellent as the water carrier who eventually saves the regiment in what has to be one of the most thrilling endings ever conceived for an action movie. Today some of it is politcally incorrect but this is a minor flaw in a great movie. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Victor McLaglen and Eduardo Ciannelli are all perfectly cast. Joan Fontaine has a couple of brief scenes as the only femme in the story--but fails to ignite any interest in her bland role. Based on the famous Rudyard Kipling poem, it deserves a place at the top of the list of great adventure films produced in the 1930s. I'd love to see a technicolor version today with someone like Brendan Fraser leading the "musketeers". A real gem.


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