Teenaged Mowgli, who was raised by wolves, appears in a village in India and is adopted by Messua. Mowgli learns human language and some human ways quickly, though keeping jungle ideas.
Influential Merchant Buldeo is bigoted against 'beasts' including Mowgli; not so Buldeo's pretty daughter, whom Mowgli takes on a jungle tour where they find a treasure, setting the evil of human greed in motion.
i've seen the restored version of this movie, and according imbd its five minutes shorter than the original, its actually only 3 minutes shorter. does anyone know what they cut?
Reviewer:anonymoose and squirrel
December 3, 2012 Subject:
Non Disneyfied Jungle Book
This one is entertaining for any age or any point in time. The animal wranglers must have been as many or more than the cast itself.
November 23, 2010 Subject:
One of my all time favorites
The movie here that can be downloaded, in my humble opinion, is between the washed out, overcolored one that is available in some places, and the Janus restoration which Turner shows now and then, which I think is very good since we can't see the original anymore. This is the original film, however it has taken a beating over the years. Having never seen the original, you won't know the difference. Give the one here a chance, look at it and/or download it, the movie as a whole is, once again, in my humble opinion, one that you should like. Disney put out a Jungle Book with live actors, and it was very good, but not the original, it is worth a look see too. If the kiddies are not frightened by Snakes and snarling Tigers, and trumpeting Elephants, then they might enjoy it much as I did at a young age of eight years.
Enjoy, I think that is one of the main reasons this film was made.
August 9, 2007 Subject:
I have loved this movie for MANY decades, just as I loved both of the "jungle Books" by Rudyard Kipling. And the "Just So Stories" and "Puck of Pook's Hill" and...ok I know it's consdiered uncool to actually read anything other than Harry Potter these days so I'll just leave it there.
Sabu (full name Sabu Dastagir...MAYBE there's some controversy about that---his BROTHER may have been Sabu Dastagir while HE was really Selar Shaykh Sabu---but either way he's a SABU) was one good looking guy when he was young (which may have helped attract me to this movie...leave us face it, it didn't HURT)was 18 when he made THE JUNGLE BOOK. This was the second time he'd played a role based on a Kipling story, incidentally---the first time was in 1937's ELEPHANT BOY (based on another short story from the FIRST "Jungle Book" (this one NOT about Mowgli) called "Toomai of the Elephants. There are many classic Kipling tales in the two Jungle Books that are NOT about Mowgli "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", "The White Seal", "The Miracle of Purun Bhagat", but it is the Mowgli stories that really caught the imagination of the public. So much so that the Cub Scouts of America are set up based on these stories. But back to the movie.
It's a little difficult to spot "Dick Tracy" (Ralph Byrd) under the "Durga" makeup, but he's there. And that's Rosemary deCamp as "Messua" (Mowgli's human mother) she was also the mother in the original William Castle 1960 classic 13 GHOSTS.
Sabi's last film was A TIGER WALKS for DISNEY (he died of a heart attack in December of 1963, so he never got to see the finished film which wasn't released until 1964.
He is quite good in the Jungle Book (but he was ALWAYS good) there being more humor than fact in John Prine's song "Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone" :
The movie wasn't really
doing so hot
said the new producer
to the old big shot
its dying on the edge
of the great midwest
Sabu must tour
or forever rest.
Hey look ma
here comes the elephant boy
bundled all up in his corduroy
headed down south towards Illinois
from the jungles of East St. Paul. "
but I think Sabu would've gotten a giggle from it. Four stars for KORDA'S JUNGLE BOOK.
November 26, 2006 Subject:
I had only heard of this "Jungle Book" in discussions of Disney's version so it was great to actually see this one. I'm presuming this one is much closer to Kipling than the Disney. It revolves much more around the boy Mowgli than the animals. The interaction between him and the animals is very bare bones mostly done by editing separate footage of them together. But I imagine trained, talking panthers and tigers were in short supply in 1940.
The Indians in this movie sound quite odd. Their accent is nothing like we associate with Indians today.
Sabu does quite well as Mowgli and apparently had a fairly active film career afterwards.