Gunga Din

Gunga Din

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Gunga Din

Though Rudyard Kipling's poem Gunga Din makes a swell recital piece, it cannot be said to have much of a plot. It's simply a crude cockney soldier's tribute to a native Indian water boy who remains at his job even after being mortally wounded. Hardly the sort of material upon which to build 118 minutes' worth of screen time-at least, it wasn't until RKO producer Pandro S. Berman decided to convert Gunga Din into an A-budgeted feature film. Now it became the tale of three eternally brawling British sergeants stationed in colonial India: Cutter (Cary Grant), McChesney (Victor McLaglen) and Ballantine (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.). Ballantine intends to break up the threesome by marrying lovely Emmy Stebbins (Joan Fontaine), while Cutter and McChesney begin hatching diabolical schemes to keep Ballantine in the army (if this plot element sounds a lot like something from the Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur play The Front Page, bear in mind that Hecht and McArthur shared writing credit on Gunga Din with Joel Sayre and Fred Guiol; also contributing to the screenplay, uncredited, was William Faulkner). All three sergeants are kept occupied with a native revolt fomented by the Thuggees, a fanatical religious cult headed by a Napoleonic Guru (Eduardo Ciannelli). Unexpectedly coming to the rescue of our three heroes-not to mention every white man, woman and child in the region-is humble water carrier Gunga Din (Sam Jaffe), who aspires to become the regimental trumpeter. Originally slated to be directed by Howard Hawks, Gunga Din was taken out of Hawks' hands when the director proved to be too slow during the filming of Bringing Up Baby. His replacement was George Stevens, who proved to be slower and more exacting than Hawks had ever been!

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2004
UPC: 0053939683622
Original Release: 1939
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 16,224

Special Features

Making of documentary on location with Gunga Din; Commentary by historian Rudy Behlmer; Vintage Porky Pig Looney Tunes cartoon The Film Fan

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Archibald Cutter
Victor McLaglen Sgt. MacChesney
Douglas Fairbanks Sgt. Ballantine
Sam Jaffe Gunga Din
Eduardo Ciannelli Guru
Joan Fontaine Emmy Stebbins
Montagu Love Colonel
Robert Coote Higginbotham
Abner Biberman Chota
Lumsden Hare Maj. Mitchell
George Ducount Actor
Ann Evers Actor
Olin Francis Fulad
Jamiel Hasson Actor
Frank Levya Native Merchant
Fay McKenzie Girls at Party
Lal Chand Mehra Jadoo
David Niven Actor
George Regas Thug Chieftain
Audrey Manners Actor
Charles Bennett Telegraph Operator
Cecil Kellaway Mr. Stebbins
Clive Morgan Lancer Captain
Reginald Sheffield Journalist
Leslie Sketchley Corporal
Roland Varno Lt. Markham
Jim Horne Actor

Technical Credits
George Stevens Director,Producer
Joseph H. August Cinematographer
Henry Berman Editor
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Harry Berman Editor
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
William Faulkner Screenwriter
Perry Ferguson Art Director
Fred Guiol Screenwriter
Edward Killy Asst. Director
John Lockert Editor
Charles MacArthur Original Story
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Joel Sayre Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Howard Smit Makeup
Dewey Starkey Asst. Director
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
James G. Stewart Sound/Sound Designer
John E. Tribby Sound/Sound Designer
Vernon Walker Special Effects

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [2:17]
2. Gone Bad [4:22]
3. Sergeants Three [3:59]
4. Arrival at Tantrapur [4:23]
5. Playful Subjects [4:00]
6. Your Graves are Dug [3:57]
7. Dynamite Fight [4:07]
8. Sign of the Thuggees [4:31]
9. Very Regimental [3:57]
10. Daddy's Girl [3:06]
11. Punching up the Punch [5:29]
12. Down Higginbotham's Hatch [2:57]
13. Reassigned [2:36]
14. Make Way for the Expedition [5:43]
15. Jailbreak Tool [3:51]
16. Playing Bridge [2:06]
17. Cult of Kali [5:25]
18. Cutter's Gambit [3:25]
19. Signing On [7:04]
20. Temple Trap [2:33]
21. Snake Pit [4:47]
22. Superior Strategy [2:05]
23. Golden Targets [2:31]
24. Guru's Madness [7:53]
25. For Faith and Country [2:56]
26. March Toward Ambush [3:47]
27. Warning Bugle [1:58]
28. Turnabout Victory [4:56]
29. Honored Dead [3:14]
30. A Better Man [1:34]
31. Cast List [1:13]

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Gunga Din 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite movie of all time. I watched the butchered version many times on TV while growing up in the 60's. I got a VHS copy on my 30th birthday, but it broke about 18 months ago. I was shocked that Gunga Din wasn't available on DVD, and pleased to no end when it was released in December. I received a DVD copy from my daughters for Christmas, I only hope you enjoy it as much as I have throughout the years!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gunga Din is one of my all-time favorites.Great action and humor, and lead by a great cast, to name a few Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Sam Jaffe. It's a great story. I can watch this over and over and yet still over again. If you haven't seen 'Gunga Din', you need to. I'm sure you will like it as much as I do.