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Kim (1950)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 26 January 1951 (USA)
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During the British Raj, the orphan of a British soldier poses as a Hindu and is torn between his loyalty to a Buddhist mystic and aiding the English secret service.

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Victor Saville

Writers:

Rudyard Kipling (novel), Leon Gordon (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Mahbub Ali - The Red Beard
Dean Stockwell ... Kimball 'Kim' O'Hara Jr.
Paul Lukas ... Lama
Robert Douglas ... Colonel Creighton
Thomas Gomez ... Emissary
Cecil Kellaway ... Hurree Chunder
Arnold Moss ... Lurgan Sahib
Reginald Owen ... Father Victor
Laurette Luez ... Laluli
Richard Hale ... Hassan Bey
Roman Toporow Roman Toporow ... The Russian
Ivan Triesault ... The Russian
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Storyline

Kim, a young boy living on his own on the streets of India, is actually the son of a British officer. He meets a lama, a holy man, and devotes himself to his tending. But when British administrators discover his birthright, he is placed in a British school. His nature, however, is opposed to the regimentation expected for the son of a British soldier, and he rebels. His familiarity with Indian life and his ability to pass as an Indian child allows him to function as a spy for the British as they attempt to thwart revolution and invasion of India. Rejoining his holy man, Kim (with the help of daring adventurer Mahbub Ali) takes on a dangerous mission. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A great family adventure by the author of THE JUNGLE BOOK. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

26 January 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rudyard Kipling's Kim See more »

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Budget:

$2,049,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Loew's See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film could not be made during World War II as it was considered pro-British Empire and anti-Russian. See more »

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When Kim falls through the matted ceiling into the harem, the cutaway marks in the mat are visible before he hits it. See more »

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Mahbub Ali, the Red Beard: [to Kim] You belong with your own people. A true man, like a true horse, runs with his own breed.
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The "I" in the title is dotted by a crescent. See more »

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India's Artful Dodger
13 April 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I've always thought that Rudyard Kipling's Kim might very well have been influenced by Charles Dickens and his creation of those street urchins in London led by that young survivor, the Artful Dodger. Certainly Kim as portrayed by Dean Stockwell in this film is every bit as resourceful in his way as the Dodger is in Oliver Twist.

The Dodger had the advantage of growing up poor, but growing up in his own culture in 19th century London. Kim is short for Kimball O'Hara who's growing up on the mean streets of India. Kim's dad was a British soldier and in this film, the mother who died in childbirth is also white. Kim learned the way to survive real fast.

Which makes him of great use to British Intelligence ever worried in the 19th century about Russian designs on India. Of course what they were doing in India is a question not asked in these films.

This is Dean Stockwell's film, maybe the best he did as a child actor. He's appealing as all get out in Kim. Adults like Errol Flynn as the horse trader Mahbub Ali who's really a British agent, Robert Douglas as the colonel in charge of British Intelligence, and Paul Lukas as the lama on pilgrimage who befriends young Kim are clearly in support of Stockwell.

This is familiar territory for Flynn back in his salad days he had just such a role in The Prince and the Pauper supporting the Mauch twins as Miles Hendon. By the way you might get confused a bit when you hear Flynn's character referred by name in Kim. They pronounce it in the film as one word, Mahbubali.

Flynn was loaned to MGM from Warner Brothers for That Forsyte Woman and a second film. He was given a choice of Kim or King Solomon's Mines, each film being shot on location in India and Africa respectively. Flynn opted for the Indian story although he got to Africa later in The Roots of Heaven.

Kim is still a fine boy's adventure story, should appeal to the twelve year old boy in all of us.


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