THE JUNGLE BOOK (Theatrical Release USA 1942)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

The Jungle Book—first theatrical release of the classic Rudyard Kipling story—has a great concept, is watchable, and seems better than the 2016 The Jungle Book movie. Despite its datedness, it charms because of its innocent presentation and its simpleness and more kind approach to its storyline something which seems largely lost in the turn of the century entertainment presentations. While the acting could be improved for a bit more realism and the portrayal might need some tuning, the story works and still earns a place in the family home video library.

Storyline

A man-child, adopted by wolves, is captured by villagers.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Zoltan Korda for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Alexander Korda for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Mowgli (Sabu), Buldeo (Joseph Callela), The Barber (John Qualen), The Pundit (Frank Puglia), Messua (Rosemary DeCamp), Mahala (Patricia O’Rourke), Durga (Ralph Byrd), Rao (John Mather), English Girl (Faith Brook), and Sikh (Noble Johnson).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It works as a study to recapture innocence for making movie entertainment in the 21st century.

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