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Song of India (1949) stars Indian actor Sabu as Ramdar, the prince of a jungle tribe in India who intervenes when a group of adventurers attempt to trap wild animals for use in a modern zoo. Ramdar is a friend to the animals and tries to teach the trespassers to respect the natural laws of the jungle. In doing so, Ramdar butts heads with the leader of the group, Gopal (Turhan Bey), and falls for his beautiful fiance Princess Tara (Gail Russell).
Song of India, produced and directed by Albert S. Rogell, is a whimsical adventure that should appeal to audiences of all ages. It features a parade of exotic animals and flora that transform the Columbia Studios backlot into a beautiful virtual jungle. Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's famous piece "Song of India" is also featured in the film's musical score.
Original prints of Song of India were shown in sepia tone upon its initial release. Rogell was a prolific B-movie maker with over 100 films to his credit and Song of India was one of his final features before he ventured into television production.
Producer: Albert S. Rogell
Director: Albert S. Rogell
Screenplay: Art Arthur, Kenneth Perkins
Cinematography: Henry Freulich
Art Direction: Sturges Carne
Music: Alexander Laszlo
Film Editing: Charles Nelson
Cast: Sabu (Ramdar), Gail Russell (Princess Tara), Turhan Bey (Gopal), Anthony Caruso (Major Doraj), Aminta Dyne (Aunt Shayla), Fritz Leiber (Nanaram), Trevor Bardette (Rewa), Robert H. Barrat (Maharajah of Ramjat)
by Andrea Passafiume