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The Jungle Book (1942)

Jungle Book (original title)
Approved | | Action, Adventure, Family | 3 April 1942 (USA)
A boy raised by wolves tries to adapt to human village life.

Director:

Zoltan Korda

Writer:

Laurence Stallings (adaptation)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sabu ... Mowgli
Joseph Calleia ... Buldeo
John Qualen ... The Barber
Frank Puglia ... The Pundit
Rosemary DeCamp ... Messua (as Rosemary De Camp)
Patricia O'Rourke Patricia O'Rourke ... Mahala
Ralph Byrd ... Durga
John Mather John Mather ... Rao
Faith Brook ... English Girl
Noble Johnson ... Sikh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bagheera Bagheera ... The Panther
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Storyline

Teenaged Mowgli, who was raised by wolves, appears in a village in India and is adopted by Messua. Mowgli learns human language and some human ways quickly, though keeping jungle ideas. Influential Merchant Buldeo is bigoted against 'beasts' including Mowgli; not so Buldeo's pretty daughter, whom Mowgli takes on a jungle tour where they find a treasure, setting the evil of human greed in motion. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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It's Out of this World! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,834,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,905,444
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alexander Korda Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Televised as early as 26 September 1948 on WTMJ (Channel 3) in Milwaukee. See more »

Goofs

Wires holding up the cobra in the treasure chamber can be seen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
English Girl: [as they ride up on horseback upon a group of villagers gathered in a circle around an old wise man] What a beautiful old man. What a lovely head.
Sikh: India's filled with old men mahila.
English Girl: But not like the one in the yellow turban. He's like a head of John the Baptist.
Sikh: The mahila refers to the storyteller?
Durga: Are these silent monsters at peace with us? It is but a true stray leap with man. But I who have seen the tusks-stained red with blood, I could tell you a tale of the silent ones... gor...
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Remade as The Encounter: Jungle Book Remake (2016) See more »

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Best Version of Kipling Tale Put To Film.
4 January 2007 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

A young child wanders off into the woods and is lost. With the dangerous, bloodthirsty tiger Shere Khan lurking about, the little boy is adopted by wolves and raised in the jungle. Later embroiled in a jungle feud with Shere Khan, the partly grown boy is driven out of the jungle back into the world of man where he seeks a tooth (a knife) with which he can once and for all strike down his arch nemesis. However the world of man offers many unseen dangers and man isn't inclined to follow those laws of the jungle to which the animals abide.

Personally I feel this is the best adaptation of the "Jungle Book" Rudyard Kipling story put to film. I prefer this over the Disney versions because it never fully loses sight of its overall message, doesn't fail to show the key differences between man and beast, and isn't bogged down by comedy or musical distraction. It's also fun and adventurous, boasts real animals in the familiar roles who give surprisingly believable performances. Lead Sabu as Mowgli is a natural to the role while character actor Joseph Calleia does quite well as lead villain Buldeo. Calleia made quite a career out of playing such roles. By far the silliest moments here have got to be the result of the talking snakes with the human voices. They are the only critters in the film to talk in such a fashion. While the information they relay is vital to the plot of the movie, I'm not sure we really needed to actually hear it spoken aloud. Also the romantic subplot doesn't quite fit in the story either and that it's introduced and never resolved is somewhat disappointing. Still at the end of the day, you want jungle adventure excitement done right, you won't go wrong with 1942's Jungle Book.


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