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Jungle Book

Jungle Book

Zoltan Korda (1942)

104min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Directed by Zoltan Korda, this is a starchy affair in which animal magic, preachy parable and jungle adventure have been loosely combined, missing the wisdom, drama and humour of Rudyard Kipling's classic stories. Sabu stars as Mowgli, the child raised by wolves, whose animal friends Baloo, Hathi and Bagheera protect him as he trails man-eating tiger Shere Khan (here a dog in a striped suit) and faces sundry human villains. Much of it seems rather stilted today, though the Technicolor jungle built in Los Angeles (where a panther mauled a crew member and pythons caused panic) remains a captivating fantasy world. Fans of the Disney cartoon version should certainly take a look at its live-action predecessor: heavy going for all its beauty, but still superior to Disney's own live-action adaptation with Jason Scott Lee.

Summary

A teenager raised by wolves returns to the village where he was born. He relearns human ways, but after a while decides to return to his old jungle home and reunite with his animal friends to help foil a greedy merchant's evil scheme. Adventure, based on Rudyard Kipling's classic novel, starring Sabu, Joseph Calleia and John Qualen.

Cast & Crew

Mowgli Sabu
Buldeo Joseph Calleia
Barber John Qualen
Pundit Frank Puglia
Messua Rosemary DeCamp
Mahala Patricia O'Rourke
Durga Ralph Byrd
Rao John Mather
English girl Faith Brook
Sikh Noble Johnson
Director Zoltan Korda
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD

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