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Release Date:
3 April 1942 (USA) See more »
THE JUNGLE FIRE! A whole world ablaze as the jungle strikes back at those who would violate its secret code! See more »
A boy raised by wolves tries to adapt to human village life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sabu ... Mowgli

Joseph Calleia ... Buldeo

John Qualen ... The Barber
Frank Puglia ... The Pundit
Rosemary DeCamp ... Messua (as Rosemary De Camp)
Patricia O'Rourke ... Mahala
Ralph Byrd ... Durga
John Mather ... Rao
Faith Brook ... English Girl
Noble Johnson ... Sikh
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bagheera ... The Panther
Baloo ... The Bear (uncredited)
Hathi ... The Elephant (uncredited)
Kaa ... The Snake (uncredited)
Shere Khan ... The Tiger (uncredited)

Directed by
Zoltan Korda 
Writing credits
Laurence Stallings (adaptation)

Rudyard Kipling  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Alexander Korda .... producer
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes (director of photography)
W. Howard Greene (director of photography)
Production Design by
Vincent Korda (production designed in color by)
Art Direction by
J. McMillan Johnson 
Jack Okey 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Production Management
Walter Mayo .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
André De Toth .... second unit director (as Andre De Toth)
Lowell J. Farrell .... assistant director (as Lowell Farell)
Art Department
Julia Heron .... interior decorator
Sound Department
William A. Wilmarth .... sound (as Wm. A. Wilmarth)
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects (as Lawrence Butler)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
William Hornbeck .... supervising film editor
Music Department
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Charles David .... assistant to producer
Natalie Kalmus .... Technicolor color director
Morgan Padelford .... associate Technicolor color director
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
"The Jungle Book" - USA (DVD box title)
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108 min | 102 min (restored version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:K-8 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #7518) | West Germany:6

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Merian C. Cooper did considerable preproduction work but it was abandoned when he decided to re-enlist in the armed forces in June 1941.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Two scenes with the black panther were obviously shot with the panther behind a glass screen, likely as a safeguard to protect the actors. In both scenes, showing close-ups of the panther, debris is seen adhering to the glass.See more »
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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Kipling & Korda, 31 August 2005
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

Reared in the Indian Jungle, a young man must learn to live amongst the most rapacious of Nature's creatures, Man.

Sir Alexander Korda's splendid film uses Kipling's book as a launching pad to tell Mowgli's story after he left his animal friends. It is told with great verve and excitement and its evocative views of the great jungle and the Lost City, as locations for Mowgli's further adventures, revealed in vibrant Technicolor, are an indication of the excellent production values lavished to make the story come alive.

As teen-aged Mowgli, Indian actor Sabu couldn't be more perfect. Whether as the Wild Boy who first enters the village, or, later, as the completely competent young man who ferrets out the secret of the Lost City's treasure, fights the tiger Shere Khan and communes with deadly snakes, elephants & wolves, he is completely believable. Kipling would have been proud.

Rosemary DeCamp is a quiet delight as Mowgli's gentle mother, her scenes with Sabu are most effective and tender. John Qualen, Frank Puglia, and especially Joseph Calleia, all score as the members of the man-village who want to see Mowgli destroyed. Playing his character as an old man, Calleia also bookends the film as its storyteller, using his somber demeanor to add to the mystery of the plot. That's Silent star Noble Johnson as the Sikh whose female companion encourages the telling of the tale.

Born Sabu Dastagir in 1924, Sabu was employed in the Maharaja of Mysore's stables when he was discovered by Korda's company and set before the cameras. His first four films (ELEPHANT BOY-1937, THE DRUM-1938, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD-1940, JUNGLE BOOK-1942) were his best and he found himself working out of Hollywood when they were completed. After distinguished military service in World War II he resumed his film career, but he became endlessly confined for years playing ethnic roles in undistinguished minor films, BLACK NARCISSUS (1947) being the one great exception. His final movie, Walt Disney's A TIGER WALKS (1964) was an improvement, but it was too late. Sabu had died of a heart attack in late 1963, only 39 years of age.

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