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The Jungle (1914)

Imagrants' mistreated lives in Chicago

Directors:

George Irving, Jack Pratt (as John H. Pratt) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Benjamin S. Kutler (scenario), Margaret Mayo | 1 more credit »
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Feature adaptation of Upton Sinclair's expose of the meat-packing industry.

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Cast

Credited cast:
George Nash ... Jurgis Rudkus
Gail Kane ... Ona
Julia Hurley ... Elzbieta
Robert Cummings Robert Cummings ... Connor
Alice Marc Alice Marc ... Marija
Robert Paton Gibbs Robert Paton Gibbs ... Antanas (as Robert Payton Gibbs)
Clarence Handyside ... John Durham
E.P. Evers E.P. Evers ... Freddy Durham (as Ernest Evers)
George Irving ... Undetermined Role (as George Henry Irving)
Harold Vermilyea ... Undetermined Role (as Harold Vermilye)
Maxine Hodges Maxine Hodges ... Undetermined Role
May McCabe May McCabe ... Undetermined Role
Nickelas Sinnerella Nickelas Sinnerella ... Undetermined Role
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Upton Sinclair Upton Sinclair ... Himself
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Imagrants' mistreated lives in Chicago

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Taglines:

"Go Back To The Man Who Ruined You" See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Junglen See more »

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Budget:

$17,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Margaret Mayo's stage adaptation of Upton Sinclair's book first on Broadway on April 22, 1907, at the Fifth Avenue Theatre and ran for an unknown number of performances. See more »

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Interesting Piece of American History
13 September 2017 | by dizzie11See all my reviews

As an acquaintance of the extended Sinclair family, I've had the opportunity to watch this film that they had transferred from some old reels in their possession. While it was kind of difficult to tell if what we viewed represented the entirety of the movie, I got the gist of it. I think it lasted around an hour although I stepped out at one point.

I am no expert on silent film, but it seemed to be about what one would expect from a film of the era as far as the acting, scenery, etc. It was a bit over-acted from a modern perspective and of course you have to fill in the blanks since the story is told visually with place cards showing dialogue and story line now and then. For me, it was a bit slow with no audio of any kind, such as music during the scenes. You could definitely tell that areas of the film had degraded over the years, but some scenes looked as good as the Charlie Chaplin clips I've seen on TV, etc.

Having read the book many years ago, it did follow the story quite faithfully from what I recall. It had the wedding at the beginning, all the factory work of course, and the meeting of the workers union towards the end. Mr. Sinclair was supposedly involved to a degree in the making of the movie and the family was delighted to see their great-grandfather or great-uncle shown at one point in the film.

While I recall the book being fairly grotesque and seedy, especially for its time, the movie was much less detailed, only hinting at the horrors of the meat factories in its visuals. However, you still knew exactly what was going on. It did paint a sad story that one could take as melodramatic if it were not based on actual experience. And, it points to hope at the end of the movie.


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