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Song of India (1949)

A young arrogant Indian prince and his girl decide to hunt animals in the forbidden jungle for a zoo. A local boy helps the captured animals and confronts the prince.

Director:

Albert S. Rogell

Writers:

Jerome Odlum (story), Art Arthur | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sabu ... Ramdar
Gail Russell ... Princess Tara
Turhan Bey ... Prince Gopal
Anthony Caruso ... Major Doraj
Aminta Dyne Aminta Dyne ... Aunt Shayla
Fritz Leiber ... Nanaram
Trevor Bardette ... Rewa
Robert Barrat ... Maharajah of Ramjat (as Robert H. Barrat)
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A young arrogant Indian prince and his girl decide to hunt animals in the forbidden jungle for a zoo. A local boy helps the captured animals and confronts the prince.

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Marilyn Cooper was called in to replace Gail Russell, who was taken ill. This led to Cooper meeting her future husband, Sabu. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sabu: The Elephant Boy (1993) See more »

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Song of India
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Breaking an ancient taboo
12 March 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm in agreement with the other reviewer who says he can't tell Gail Russell from a woman who ostensibly replaced her. If that was Sabu's wife Harry Cohn must have cloned Gail Russell to finish the film.

Gail who had an exotic look to her and played many an exotic role is an Indian princess from newly freed India. A point was made of that during the film, nice they acknowledged contemporary events. She's betrothed to a neighboring prince Turhan Bey who has decided to break an ancient taboo and hunt in a forbidden jungle.

The local natives live in harmony with the animals and I assume are on Vegan diets. Also living in the village is the last descendant of the previous dynasty before Turhan Bey took over the kingdom and that would be Sabu.

Song Of India has a nice charm of its own. I recall seeing this film over 50 years ago as a lad and I have to say I was as captivated then as now. For a B picture the jungle footage was well integrated with the studio shot stuff.

Needless to say bad things start happening when Bey and his party enter Sabu's world. A dynastic power struggle that Bey never expected occurs with the prize a kingdom and the beautiful Gail Russell.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Song of India See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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