The Jungle Book

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The Jungle Book isn't always faithful to the Rudyard Kipling original in fact, it seldom is, but 1942 audiences swept up in the grandeur of the production values and the lush Technicolor photography didn't mind at all. Indian juvenile-star Sabu plays Mowgli, who having been lost in the jungle as an infant has been raised by wolves. While he has no trouble conversing with his animal neighbors whose voices aren't as ludicrous as you might think, though we never imagined that a snake could sound like Lionel ...
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The Jungle Book isn't always faithful to the Rudyard Kipling original in fact, it seldom is, but 1942 audiences swept up in the grandeur of the production values and the lush Technicolor photography didn't mind at all. Indian juvenile-star Sabu plays Mowgli, who having been lost in the jungle as an infant has been raised by wolves. While he has no trouble conversing with his animal neighbors whose voices aren't as ludicrous as you might think, though we never imagined that a snake could sound like Lionel Barrymore, Mowgli yearns to touch base with his human roots; thus, he returns to the native village whence he came. With the help of his jungle companions, Mowgli rescues his adoptive family, his natural mother Rosemary DeCamp and the rest of the humans from the greedy machinations of villains Joseph Calleia, John Qualen and Frank Puglia. Adapted for the screen by Lawrence Stallings and co-directed by Zoltan Korda and Andre De Toth, The Jungle Book scored a significant hit for its distributor United Artists, who really needed a smash at this point in time. The film would be remade so to speak as a Disney animated feature in 1967, and again as a live-actioner with "politically correct" British villains in 1994.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1999
  • UPC: 096009097226
  • Original Release: 1942
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  • Source: Platinum Disc
  • Presentation: DOLBY
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sabu Mowgli
Joseph Calleia Buldeo
John Qualen The barber
Frank Puglia The pundit
Rosemary de Camp Messua
Patricia O'Rourke Mahala
Ralph Byrd Durga
John Mather Rao
Faith Brook English girl
Noble Johnson Sikh
Technical Credits
Zoltan Korda Director
Lawrence W. Butler Special Effects
Lee Garmes Cinematographer
W. Howard Greene Cinematographer
Julia Heron Set Decoration/Design
William W. Hornbeck Editor
J. McMillan Johnson Set Decoration/Design
Alexander Korda Producer
Vincent Korda Production Designer
Jack Okey Set Decoration/Design
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Laurence Stallings Screenwriter
William Wilmarth Sound/Sound Designer
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