This film was included in the first syndicated television presentation of a package of major studio feature films on USA television; it premiered in Baltimore Friday 30 July 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), followed by Philadelphia Friday 6 August 1948 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Boston Sunday 15 August 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4),by Chicago Monday 23 August 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), by Cleveland 12 September 1948 on WEWS (Channel 5), by Salt Lake City Sunday 3 October 1948 on KDYL (Channel 4), by New York City Friday 22 October 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11) and by Atlanta Wednesday 19 January 1949 on WSB (Channel 8). The package consisted of 24 Alexander Korda productions originally released theatrically between 1933 and 1942. See more »
The film follows Kipling's story closely about the sensitivity to nature, which a child is more successful in than restricted grownups.
Zoltan Korda was the middle of the three great Korda brothers of the cinema, (Alexander the eldest and Vincent the youngest) specializing in outdoor films, like this one (on Kipling's "Toomai of the Elephants") and ten years later the still best film adaptation of "The Jungle Book", both with Sabu as the main character. Robert Flaherty (1884-1951) was an important film documentary pioneer with many classics to his credit, like "Nanook of the North", the first commercially successful film documentary (1922) which he directed and produced. With Zoltan Kodaly, he was co-director of this film, probably the best elephant film ever made, which still impresses by its unequaled elephant scenes, including a great score by John Greenwood.
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