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 »
Wonderful little film adapted from Rudyard Kipling's story Toomai of the Elephants. Kipling's work always makes fine films, even if his British colonialism makes it somewhat dated. This particular film features an unpleasant master-servant relationship between the white man, Petersen (Walter Hudd), and the Indians. But, if you can get past that, and I think most mature people should be able to see the class system in its proper historical light, the movie is very enjoyable. Robert Flaherty discovered Sabu, later to star in such great films as The Thief of Bagdad, The Jungle Book, and Black Narcissus. Sabu is very good, though his English is sometimes difficult to understand. This was Flaherty's only narrative film - I expect that he directed the nature parts of the film and Zoltan Korda directed the actors. The best moments feel just like Flaherty's masterpieces, including a wonderful opening bit (discounting the unnecessary prologue) where Sabu, his elephant, and a monkey echo each other's movements as they all wake up in the morning. The cinematography is quite beautiful, as is the musical score. 8/10.
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