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Gunga Din -- Cary Grant leads the way in this action-packed adventure about three rowdy British soldiers who defeat a murderous cult in India with help from native water boy, Gunga Din.
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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 »
User Reviews:
"You're A Better Man Than I Am, Gunga Din." See more (99 total) »

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 .... sound recordist (as James Stewart)
John E. Tribby .... sound recordist
George C. Emick .... sound (uncredited)
John C. Grubb .... sound (uncredited)
Stanford Houghton .... 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
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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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 | Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1939) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | 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:
Continuity: The level of the gin bottle that Cutter carries from the veranda.See more »
Quotes:
Sgt. Archibald Cutter:Now get me some tools. Something to rip these blinking bars out.
Gunga Din:Already bring all tools could find. Is this satisfactory, sahib?
[holds up a fork]
Sgt. Archibald Cutter:Look... What do you think I want to break out of - a bloomin' pudding? Now go on, get something big.
[Din returns with an elephant]
Sgt. Archibald Cutter:What are you doing, Din?
Gunga Din:The large tool you asked for, sahib.
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51 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
"You're A Better Man Than I Am, Gunga Din.", 7 June 2000
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

A trio of buddies, sergeants all in the British Army, carouse & brawl their way across Imperial India. Intensely loyal to each other, they meet their greatest & most deadly challenge when they encounter the resurgence of a hideous cult & its demented, implacable guru. Now they must rely on the lowliest servant of the regiment, the water carrier GUNGA DIN, to save scores of the Queen's soldiers from certain massacre.

Based more on The Three Musketeers than Kipling's classic poem, this is a wonderful adventure epic - a worthy entry in Hollywood's Golden Year of 1939. Filled with suspense & humor, while keeping the romantic interludes to the barest minimum, it grips the interest of the viewer and holds it right up to the (sentimental) conclusion.

It is practically fruitless to discuss the performance nuances of the three stars, Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen & Douglas Fairbanks Jr., as they are really all thirds of a single organism - inseparable and, to all intents & purposes, indistinguishable. However, this diminishes nothing of the great fun in simply watching them have a glorious time.

(It's interesting to note, parenthetically, that McLaglen boasted of a distinguished World War One military career; Fairbanks would have a sterling record in World War Two - mostly in clandestine affairs & earning himself no fewer than 4 honorary knighthoods after the conflict; while Grant reportedly worked undercover for British Intelligence, keeping an eye on Hollywood Nazi sympathizers.)

The real acting laurels here should go to Sam Jaffe, heartbreaking in the title role. He infuses the humble man with radiant dignity & enormous courage, making the last line of Kipling's poem ring true. He is unforgettable.

Montague Love is properly stalwart as the regimental major, whilst Eduardo Ciannelli is Evil Incarnate as the Thuggee guru. The rest of the cast, Joan Fontaine, Robert Coote, Lumsden Hare, are effective but have little to do. Movie mavens will recognize Cecil Kellaway in the tiny role of Miss Fontaine's father.

The film picks its villains well. The demonic Thuggee cult, worshipers of the hideous, blood-soaked Kali, Hindu goddess of destruction, was the bane of Indian life for 6 centuries, ritualistically strangling up to 30,000 victims a year. In 1840 the British military, in cooperation with a number of princely states, succeeded in ultimately suppressing the religion. Henceforth it would remain the stuff of novels & nightmares.

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