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Kim (1950)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 26 January 1951 (USA)
Buring the British Raj, the orphan of a British soldier poses as a Hindu and is torn between his loyalty to a Buddhist mystic and aiding the English secret service.

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Kim, a young boy living on his own on the streets of India, is actually the son of a British officer. He meets a lama, a holy man, and devotes himself to his tending. But when British administrators discover his birthright, he is placed in a British school. His nature, however, is opposed to the regimentation expected for the son of a British soldier, and he rebels. His familiarity with Indian life and his ability to pass as an Indian child allows him to function as a spy for the British as they attempt to thwart revolution and invasion of India. Rejoining his holy man, Kim (with the help of daring adventurer Mahbub Ali) takes on a dangerous mission. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 18, 1952 with Errol Flynn and Dean Stockwell reprising their film roles. See more »

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Kim shouts for the driver to stop and the cart comes to a skidding halt. The camera cuts away for dialogue between Kim and his schoolmate and then back to the cart stopped on the street. The horse manure that was beneath the cart when they stopped is suddenly gone and the street is clean. See more »

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uncredited: Begone, thou filth of the earth. Thou infected descendant of unspeakable slime!
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Version of Shirley Temple's Storybook: Kim (1960) See more »

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One of the Best of All "Boys' Adventures"
10 January 1999 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

A faithful rendering of Kipling's exciting tale, together with fine production values and an all-star cast, makes for great entertainment for young and old.

I remember being read Kipling as a young boy, and while the animated Disney bowdlerization of the Jungle Book is unwatchable for anyone who knows the book, this rendering of Kipling's other great adventure is in a class with other great "exotic" tales like The Four Feathers and King Solomon's Mines.

While some may fault the rather unconvincing casting of an over-the-hill Flynn, as a dashing thief, and Paul Lucas as an aging lama, these great professionals soon overcome that liability and assume their characters successfully. Stockwell credits Flynn for "opening the door" to manhood, something Flynn's character did For Kim.

Dean Stockwell was at his peak as a child star. His impishness, as a white boy gone native, anticipates his screen persona after a successful transition to adult roles.

Imagine a young boy (in a non politically correct era) being read or watching Kim just before bedtime. What dreams he'll have!

By the way, while parts of the film were made on a sound stage or back lot - like all films with decent sound - much of it was shot on location - in India.


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