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Jungle Book (1942)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Family | 3 April 1942 (USA)
A boy raised by wolves tries to adapt to human village life.




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Complete credited cast:
The Pundit
Messua (as Rosemary De Camp)
Patricia O'Rourke ...
John Mather ...
English Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bagheera ...


Teenaged Mowgli, who was raised by wolves, appears in a village in India and is adopted by Messua. Mowgli learns human language and some human ways quickly, though keeping jungle ideas. Influential Merchant Buldeo is bigoted against 'beasts' including Mowgli; not so Buldeo's pretty daughter, whom Mowgli takes on a jungle tour where they find a treasure, setting the evil of human greed in motion. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

3 April 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book  »

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| (restored)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first film for which original soundtrack recordings were issued. Previously, when record companies released music from a film, they had insisted on re-recording the music in their own studios with their own equipment. The "Jungle Book" records were taken from the same recordings used for the film's soundtrack, and their commercial success paved the way for more original-soundtrack albums. See more »


Kaa states that cats do not like water; therefore, Shere won't follow Mowgli through water. However, tigers do like water, so it should not be surprising that Shere follows Mowgli when he jumps into the water. See more »


Mowgli: Quiet, you grinning black shadow! Quiet, grey brother. This is not our kill.
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Referenced in Rock-A-Die Baby (1989) See more »

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Glimmer and stunning adaptation with sympathetic characters and colorful outdoors
17 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

Based on Rudyard Kipling's known classic , it concerns about a little boy named Mowgli (Sabu). He's living in an Indian village with his warmhearted mum (Rosemary DeCamp). But he's lost and raised by a wolf pack . Along the way he encounters a variety of jungle animals , including a complete menagerie , such as the ferocious black panther named Bagheera , the evil tiger named Shere Khan , the Croc , the bear, elephant , monkeys... Mowgli stays among his animals friends . He takes on a jungle journey and knows the location of a hidden treasure ; then three of the village men (Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Puglia) follow him and many adventures ensue .

This lavish version of the great classic displays adventures, fantasy , exotic atmosphere , and breathtaking scenarios . This is the first acting to the young Indian actor named Sabu , he followed a Hollywood 's successful career : ¨The thief of Bagdad, Elephant boy and Arabian nights¨ . Rudyard Kipling's two Jungle Book anthologies comprise fifteen stories, four of which were used is this film: "Mowgli's Brothers," "How Fear Came ," "Tiger! Tiger!," and "The King's Colorful cinematography by Howard Greene and Lee Garmes in shimmer Technicolor with matte shots that make some landscapes look like they were added with magic markers . Exotic and oriental musical score by the great master Miklos Rozsa . It was the first film for which original soundtrack recordings were issued . This big budgeted movie is well made by Korda family . Vincent Korda created the impressive sets , Zoltan Korda directed brilliantly this familiar story and magnificent production by Alexander Korda . A must see for children of all ages. Adults will find the picture a little boring , but the younger to be amused.

Other adaptations about the vintage tale are the followings : the Walt Disney animated classic version by Wolfgang Reithman (1969) and its sequel (2005) , and in the 90s , a beautifully and enchanting filmed version , live-action by Stephen Sommers with Jason Scott Lee, Lena Headley and Sam Neill .

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