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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 »

Also Known As:

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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This was the first film to star Sabu, who was discovered by cameraman Osmond Borrodale working as a mahout for the Maharajah of Mysore, and. who went on to be a major star. 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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