“Jungle Book” - Young Teen Fantasy Jungle Adventure
released on April 3, 1942
running time 1 hour and 45 minutes
The Actors: Sabu (Mowgli), Joseph Calleia (Buldeo), John Qualen (the barber), Frank Puglia (the pundit, man getting a shave), Rosemary DeCamp (Messua), Patricia O'Rourke (Mahala, Buldeo's daughter), Ralph Byrd (Durga), John Mather (Rao), Faith Brook (the English girl), Noble Johnson (Sikh, the storyteller)
The Little Frog and the Killer Tiger
Rudyard Kipling was a British Nobel laureate that published a series of stories in magazines of 1893 and 1894. Kipling was born in India, and lived there, in Britain, and later in Vermont, US, where he wrote and published his stories. Most of his stories were fantasy tales about the animals of India, and Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves that returns to civilization.
This telling of the story of Mowgli starts with an English woman on Safari in India that takes a picture of an old sage telling stories of the past. He tells her and us the story of the wolf boy, a child raised by wolves that can speak the language of all of the animals of the jungle. A group of people find a spot in the Indian jungle that they decide will be the home of their new village. There is a little baby boy that walks off into the jungle while no one is paying attention. His father discovers that he is missing and goes off into the jungle calling his son's name and searching for him, but he is killed, leaving his mother as a widow without her son.
The boy is raised by a pack of wolves, and one day is chased by a terrible tiger that promises to kill him, but the boy escapes the tiger and stumbles upon the village of his mother. He is discovered by the tribesmen, and they eventually decide that he must be the boy that wandered away many years ago. His mother doesn't think that it is her lost son, but she is a kind woman that promises to care for him and teach him the ways of the people.
One man in the village thinks that the boy is a devil, and wants to kill him, because he will never lose his wild animal instincts. He forbids his daughter to be around the boy, but of course the daughter and Mowgli find an immediate attraction for each other. They will embark on an amazing adventure in the jungle, disovering a hidden treasure of gold and jewels.
Sabu, the actor who played Mowgli in this adventure, was a lad of Indian descent that appeared in 23 movies before his death in 1963 at the young age of 39. He was born near the jungles of Karapur, the son of an elephant driver. While in India searching for a young lad to star as an elephant driver in an upcoming movie Sabu was discovered and entered and exclusive contract with movie mogul Alexander Korda, who produced this movie. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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