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Elephant Boy (1937)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 5 April 1937 (USA)
This black and white movie is based on Rudyard Kipling's "Toomai, of the Elephants", in which a small native lad claims he knows the congregating place of the elephant hordes.

Directors:

Robert J. Flaherty (as Robert Flaherty), Zoltan Korda

Writers:

Rudyard Kipling (story "Toomai of the Elephants"), John Collier (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sabu ... Toomai
W.E. Holloway W.E. Holloway ... Father
Walter Hudd ... Petersen
Allan Jeayes Allan Jeayes ... Machua Appa
Bruce Gordon Bruce Gordon ... Rham Lahl
D.J. Williams D.J. Williams ... Hunter
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Commissioner (as Hyde White)
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This black and white movie is based on Rudyard Kipling's "Toomai, of the Elephants", in which a small native lad claims he knows the congregating place of the elephant hordes.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Elefantenjunge See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Sabu of India
20 November 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In his first film, young Sabu introduces himself as "Toomai of the Elephants" before leading an expedition to find a herd of elephants in the jungles of India. Though this is based on an adventure story by Rudyard Kipling, it runs more like a documentary. There is much time spent on filming Sabu cavorting with his elephant "Kala Nag" and others. Sabu relies on acting natural and hasn't perfected his English; people found him highly appealing, but he's sometimes more of a liability, herein. Sabu and the Korda productions got better. "Elephant Boy" is for viewers who really, really like Sabu and/or a lot of elephants on screen.

**** Elephant Boy (4/5/37) Robert Flaherty ~ Sabu, Walter Hudd, Allan Jeayes, W.E. Holloway


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