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In the jungle, the mighty jungle.
- Collin Stevens
Before the disney live action movie and the animated movie, comes this independent film released by United Artists. Jungle Book from 1942 is impossible to find in the real jungle so you have no choice but to download it for free, stream it online or watch it on TCM as it plays repeatedly because this is the real wild thing.
A colourful adaptation of Kipling's famous stories by the Korda brothers. Sabu is solid as Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves who comes into conflict with man. The story can be preposterous at times, but this films Oscar-nominated cinematography, production design and special effects are so beautiful that viewers can ignore the story. Entertaining and fun for everyone. I give it a 3/5.
A Real Gem
This is such a wonderful film that everyone should see. The sets/scenery/colors are so beautiful they pull you in and keep your eyes fascinated trying to notice every little detail. The use of animals is superb and it's so nice to not be pelted with stock footage that we all know is stock footage and adds no value. Here even the not-so-real animals were real enough to me and they were there - actually part of the scene. The story is great too. I never once felt bored with the adventure, human and animal nature all mixed together producing quality entertainment.
This was a fantastic movie. My sister played Mahala and I remember watching this film as a little girl and her telling us stories about her adventures while making the film. Mahala (Patricia O'Rourke) never made any other films after jungle book but had fond memories of the experience. Patricia passed away in 2013 and is deeply missed
Never grows old!
This is such a delightful film and it is equally pleasing for young and old! I've watched this film for decades and it still thrills me. Sabu is just fantastic as Mowgli and the cinematography is glorious. The Korda brothers did Rudyard Kipling very proud indeed here!
One of the the two little twins who played Sabu as an infant, Danny Valdez is a wonderful friend of mine, he became a championship boxer, his twin David has passed on...I found a copy of the movie and gave it to him, he cried with joy! A lot of good memories for him.
- Joe Urbano
I loved this movie when I was once a youngster, and I've passed this on to my Grandchildren, one of which refers this this as "The real one". We all sit and I explain what may have just happended and how/ why.
TCM Has RESTORED 1943 "Jungle Book"
- Danny Fields
This used to be my favorite movie, but all available tape and DVD versions have been awful, faded color, bad sound, etc.Have just seen the Restored Version on TCM, and it is glorious! Incredible! It was like seeing it for the first time when I was a child; when or where will this restoration be available as a DVD? Please someone find this and let the world (and especially me) know about it!