The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Director: Zoltan Korda Cast: Sabu, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen


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The Jungle Book

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 de Camp), and the rest of the humans from the greedy machinations of villains Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, and Frank Puglia. Adapted for the screen by Laurence Stallings and co-directed by Zoltan Korda and André 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/1999
UPC: 0096009025038
Original Release: 1942
Rating: PG
Source: Echo Bridge
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 31,628

Special Features

Trivia quiz; Biography

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction [11:30]
2. Child Lost [17:02]
3. New Civilian [7:14]
4. Wandering Off [6:15]
5. Facing the Tiger [14:17]
6. The Hero Returns [7:19]
7. Fighting for Spoils [5:56]
8. Lost in the Jungle [12:32]
9. Choosing the Jungle [12:33]

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