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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It is quite clear from the beginning that we have to be understanding about Sabu's acting ability in this his first film.He undertakes the opening narration in a very stilted form.It is quite apparent that he is reading off of boards placed behind the camera.The scenes in India are very well photographed in black and white and the music is quite captivating.the dramatic scenes though are often rather awkward.Not just because of Sabu.the scenes of him with the white trappers are very redolent of the Empire,upon whom the sun never set.Korda did rather have an obsession about this.Bearing in mind that he had previously made Sanders of The River and was about to embark upon "The Drum" and of course "The Four Feathers".Sabu would shortly become a much more skilled performer.
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