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Director:
Writers:
Joel Sayre (screen play) &
Fred Guiol (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
17 February 1939 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Barbaric Splendor - Gasping Magnitude - Adventure ! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Cutter

Victor McLaglen ... MacChesney

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Ballantine

Sam Jaffe ... Gunga Din
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Guru

Joan Fontaine ... Emmy
Montagu Love ... Colonel Weed
Robert Coote ... Higginbotham
Abner Biberman ... Chota
Lumsden Hare ... Major Mitchell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alban ... (uncredited)
Charles Bennett ... Telegraph Operator (uncredited)
Joe De La Cruz ... (uncredited)
George Du Count ... Pandu Lal (uncredited)
Ann Evers ... Girl at Party (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Olin Francis ... Fulad (uncredited)
Bryant Fryer ... Scottish Sergeant (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... (uncredited)
Jamiel Hasson ... Thug Chieftain (uncredited)

Cecil Kellaway ... Mr. Stebbins (uncredited)
Frank Leyva ... Merchant (uncredited)
Audrey Manners ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
Joe McGuinn ... (uncredited)
Fay McKenzie ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
Lal Chand Mehra ... Jadoo (uncredited)
Thom Metzetti ... (uncredited)
Art Mix ... (uncredited)
Clive Morgan ... Lancer Captain (uncredited)
Satini Pualoa ... (uncredited)
George Regas ... Thug Chieftain (uncredited)
Allen Schute ... (uncredited)
Reginald Sheffield ... Rudyard Kipling - Journalist (uncredited)
Paul Singh ... (uncredited)
Leslie Sketchley ... Corporal (uncredited)
Tom Tamarez ... (uncredited)
Carlie Taylor ... (uncredited)

Roland Varno ... Lt. Markham (uncredited)
Bruce Wyndham ... (uncredited)

Directed by
George Stevens 
 
Writing credits
Joel Sayre (screen play) &
Fred Guiol (screen play)

Ben Hecht (story) &
Charles MacArthur (story)

Rudyard Kipling (poem "Gunga Din")

Lester Cohen  contributing writer (uncredited)
John Colton  contributing writer (uncredited)
William Faulkner  contributing writer (uncredited)
Vincent Lawrence  contributing writer (uncredited)
Dudley Nichols  contributing writer (uncredited)
Anthony Veiller  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
George Stevens .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph H. August (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Henry Berman 
John Lockert 
John Sturges (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
James R. Barker .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Dan Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Irving Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Mel Berns .... makeup department head (uncredited)
Layne Britton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Russell Drake .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Abe Haberman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Joe Hadley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Walter Hermann .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Dick Johnson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ben Libizer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Harry Pringle .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Louis Saintly .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Al Senator .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Howard Smit .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Armand Triller .... makeup artist (uncredited)
William Woods .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Pandro S. Berman .... in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Killy .... assistant director
Dewey Starkey .... assistant director
Robert Parrish .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Perry Ferguson .... associate art director
Nathan Barragar .... props (uncredited)
Claude E. Carpenter .... set dresser (uncredited)
Thomas Grady .... props (uncredited)
Maxwell O. Henry .... props (uncredited)
James Lane .... props (uncredited)
Kenneth J. Marstella .... props (uncredited)
Gene Rossi .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James G. Stewart .... recordist (as James Stewart)
John E. Tribby .... recordist
George C. Emick .... sound (uncredited)
John C. Grubb .... sound (uncredited)
S.G. Haughton .... sound (uncredited)
Aubrey C. Lind .... sound (uncredited)
Jack Mark .... sound (uncredited)
Gordon McLean .... sound (uncredited)
Eric Meisel .... sound (uncredited)
Arthur C. Robbins .... sound (uncredited)
Fred Rodgers .... sound (uncredited)
Cecil Shephard .... sound (uncredited)
Jean L. Speak .... boom operator (uncredited)
Kenneth C. Wesson .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects (as Vernon L.Walker)
Russell A. Cully .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
P. Brook .... photographic effects (uncredited)
William Collins .... assistant camera: camera effects (uncredited)
Horace L. Hulburd .... photographic effects (uncredited)
Mario Larrinaga .... camera effects artist (uncredited)
Roger Shearman .... photographic effects (uncredited)
Clifford Stine .... second camera: camera effects (uncredited)
G. Swartz .... photographic effects (uncredited)
M. Zamora .... photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph A. August Jr. .... second camera operator (uncredited)
H. Barrett .... grip (uncredited)
Pete Bernard .... grip (uncredited)
H.J. Brandon .... grip (uncredited)
Charles Burke .... camera operator (uncredited)
Tom Clement .... grip (uncredited)
William H. Clothier .... camera operator (uncredited)
T. Connelly .... grip (uncredited)
Charles Davis .... camera operator (uncredited)
Thomas East .... best boy (uncredited)
Earl Gilpin .... grip (uncredited)
Alexander Kahle .... still photographer (uncredited)
George Marquenie .... gaffer (uncredited)
C. Noren .... grip (uncredited)
W. Norton .... grip (uncredited)
Eddie Pyle .... second camera operator (uncredited)
William Record .... grip (uncredited)
F. Reed .... grip (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles Straumer .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Leon Turen .... camera operator (uncredited)
William Whitaker .... camera operator (uncredited)
Joe Zaslove .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ray Camp .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Harold Clandenning .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Bill Durant .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Harry Lawrence .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Bill Rabb .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Fred Starns .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Wesley Trist .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Pat Williams .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Russell Bennett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
William Briers .... technical advisor (as Sergeant Major William Briers)
Robert Erskine Holland .... technical advisor (as Sir Robert Erskine Holland)
Clive Morgan .... technical advisor (as Captain Clive Morgan)
Art Bruggerman .... stand-in (uncredited)
Phoebe Campbell .... stand-in (uncredited)
Gordon B. Clarke .... stand-in: Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (uncredited)
Hilda Grenier .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Sam Harris .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Mal Merrihugh .... stand-in (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson .... elephant trainer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
117 min | 96 min (reissue)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1939) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #4452) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Opening credits: Those portions of this picture dealing with the worship of The Goddess Kali are based on historic fact.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When the British return to Tantrapur the second time, they posted guards. But when the guards reported, they never called out their post number. They all called out, one at a time, "Post number, all's well".See more »
Quotes:
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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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The White Man's Burden, 27 June 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

For years I thought this knockabout service comedy was a product of John Ford, especially with Victor McLaglen as one of the leads. It certainly has the same rough house humor that Ford laces his films with.

To my surprise I learned it was George Stevens who actually directed it. Still I refuse to believe that this film wasn't offered to John Ford, but he was probably off in Monument Valley making Stagecoach.

Victor McLaglen along with Cary Grant and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., play three sergeants in the Indian Army who have a nice buddy/buddy/buddy camaraderie going. But the old gang is breaking up because Fairbanks is engaged to marry Joan Fontaine. Not if his two pals can help it, aided and abetted by regimental beastie Gunga Din as played by Sam Jaffe.

The Rudyard Kipling poem served as the inspiration for this RKO film about barracks life in the British Raj. The comic playing of the leads is so good that it does overshadow the incredibly racist message of the film. Not that the makers were racist, but this was the assumption of the British there at the time, including our leads and Gunga Din shows this most effectively.

The British took India by increments, making deals here and there with local rulers under a weak Mogul emperor who was done away with in the middle of the 19th century. They ruled very little of India outright, that would have been impossible. Their rule depended on the native troops you see here. Note that the soldiers cannot rise above the rank of corporal and Gunga Din is considerably lower in status than that.

Note here that the rebels in fact are Hindu, not Moslem. There are as many strains of that religion as there are Christian sects and this strangling cult was quite real. Of course to those being strangled they might not have the same view of them as liberators. But until India organized its independence movement, until the Congress Party came into being, these people were the voice of a free India.

But however you slice it, strangling people isn't a nice thing to do and the British had their point here also. When I watch Gunga Din, I think of Star Trek and the reason the prime directive came into being.

Cary Grant got to play his real cockney self here instead of the urbane Cary we're used to seeing. Fairbanks and McLaglen do very well with roles completely suited to their personalities.

Best acting role in the film however is Eduard Ciannelli as the guru, the head of the strangler cult. Note the fire and passion in his performance, he blows everyone else off the screen when he's on.

Favorite scene in Gunga Din is Ciannelli exhorting his troops in their mountain temple. Note how Stevens progressively darkens the background around Ciannelli until all you see are eyes and teeth like a ghoulish Halloween mask. Haunting, frightening and very effective.

It was right after the action of this film in the late nineteenth century that more and more of the British public started to question the underlying assumptions justifying the Raj. But that's the subject of Gandhi.

Gunga Din is still a great film, entertaining and funny. It should be shown with A Passage to India and Gandhi and you can chart how the Indian independence movement evolved.

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