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Elephant Boy (1937)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 5 April 1937 (USA)
This black and white movie is based on Rudyard Kipling's "Toomai, of the Elephants", in which a small native lad claims he knows the congregating place of the elephant hordes.

Directors:

Robert J. Flaherty (as Robert Flaherty), Zoltan Korda

Writers:

Rudyard Kipling (story "Toomai of the Elephants"), John Collier (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sabu ... Toomai
W.E. Holloway W.E. Holloway ... Father
Walter Hudd ... Petersen
Allan Jeayes Allan Jeayes ... Machua Appa
Bruce Gordon Bruce Gordon ... Rham Lahl
D.J. Williams D.J. Williams ... Hunter
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Commissioner (as Hyde White)
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This black and white movie is based on Rudyard Kipling's "Toomai, of the Elephants", in which a small native lad claims he knows the congregating place of the elephant hordes.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1937 (USA) See more »

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Elephant Boy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Korda had read and been so impressed Kipling's 'Toomai of the Elephants' that when documentary director Robert Flaherty came to him for backing he readily gave it to him and sent him to India in February 1935. After over a year with nothing productive been done Korda sent director Monta Bell to help out and then Zolta Korda. By Summer 1936 with nothing productive having been done the crew were brought back to Denham Studios . Writer John Collier was brought in to produce a simple script for Zoltan to shoot in the studios and on location on the River Colne. See more »

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The film follows Kipling's story closely about the sensitivity to nature, which a child is more successful in than restricted grownups.
3 May 2014 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

Zoltan Korda was the middle of the three great Korda brothers of the cinema, (Alexander the eldest and Vincent the youngest) specializing in outdoor films, like this one (on Kipling's "Toomai of the Elephants") and ten years later the still best film adaptation of "The Jungle Book", both with Sabu as the main character. Robert Flaherty (1884-1951) was an important film documentary pioneer with many classics to his credit, like "Nanook of the North", the first commercially successful film documentary (1922) which he directed and produced. With Zoltan Kodaly, he was co-director of this film, probably the best elephant film ever made, which still impresses by its unequaled elephant scenes, including a great score by John Greenwood.


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