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Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)

Elephants disrupt the lives of a family deep in the jungles of Northern Siam, and an entire village.

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Achmed Abdullah (titles)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Natives of the Wild Natives of the Wild ... Themselves
Wild Beasts Wild Beasts ... Themselves
The Jungle The Jungle ... Itself
Kru Kru ... Kru - the Lao Tribesman
Chantui Chantui ... Chantui - His Wife
Nah Nah ... Nah - Son and Heir of the House of Kru
Ladah Ladah ... Their Little Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bimbo the Monkey Bimbo the Monkey
Namul Namul
Than Than ... A Friend from the Lao Village
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Storyline

Kru is a pioneer, living deeper in the jungle of northern Siam than any of his predecessors. He solves the problems caused by leopards and tigers attacking his stock by setting traps and killing those beasts. A baby chang (the Siamese word for elephant) is caught in his trap, and thinking he would tame it so it will work for him one day, he tethers it to a post under his house, which is on stilts. Its mother comes and destroys his house. Kru and his family flee to the village, where a mammoth herd of elephants suddenly appear and decimates the buildings in the village. But the villagers fight back. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

3 September 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chang See more »

Filming Locations:

Thailand

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Box Office

Budget:

$60 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$612,425, 31 December 1927
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted and toned)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack had a script all worked out for the film but had to frequently resort to improvisation when the animals involved refused to co-operate. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: [Opening title] Before the most ancient civilization arose, before the first city in the world was built, before man trod the earth - then, as now, there stretched across vast spaces of farther Asia a great green threatening mass of vegetation... the Jungle...
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Crazy Credits

Produced in the Jungles of Northern Siam See more »

Alternate Versions

Milestone Film and Video has issued a video with a music score by Bruce Gaston (copyrighted in 1991) and performed by Fong Naam. The running time is 69 minutes. See more »

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Featured in I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005) See more »

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Nature in the raw
2 February 2002 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

A combination of a nature documentary and a staged drama about life in the jungles of Southeast Asia in the 1920s. Multiple and brutal dangers present challenges to a little family living apart from their village...life goes on despite hardship. How did they get some of the shots? The film will make you wonder about how life used to be before there were today's modern conveniences...it is very much kill or be killed. There is some comic relief...Bimbo steals the show. Easy to see the embryonic shots that evolve into King Kong a few years later. Worthy of the nomination received for best film of its class that year. Highly recommended.


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