The film premiered in Los Angeles on January 24, 1939, and in New York City two days later. Kipling as a character was most prominent at the end of the film, standing alongside as lines from his poem were read in honor of the fallen Gunga Din. I suppose the Romans were racist and bigoted. Ballantine: We had to saw his leg off at the 'ip. Hecht and MacArthur reworked the treatments that Faulkner and other writers had left from the earlier phase of the picture.
Cutter's drunken fixation with a legendary golden temple leads to a one-sided slugfest with MacChesney, a stint in the brig, and an audacious escape courtesy of Din and MacChesney's beloved pet elephant. The Thuggees in this film are not merely assassins; they also practice blood sacrifice to Kali. But remove the subject from the Queen and the Army to the people of the Empire, and he could show a tolerance, an understanding, an affection, and an open-mindedness far ahead of his contemporaries. Cutter: MacChesney, I've been a soldier for fourteen years. Guru: Swear by our mother Kali to be thrice faithful to her and to me and to our order and to all of us. To repair the telegraph, and keep it open.
Who remembers Joan Fontaine as the pallid and proper heroine? Ballantine, but Grant preferred to play the smaller role of Sgt. It consists of five stanzas with rhyming lines. In the mid-1940s, the J. Emmy Stebbins Joan Fontaine : How did you get him out? First-class entertainment, it will neither corrupt the morals of minors nor affront the intelligence of their seniors. Cutter: Eight feet away from where I'm sitting, right here, there's enough gold to make me sole owner and proprietor of a pub as big as the Crystal Palace. This is a rant, not a serious answer. Wee Willie Winkie 1937 , directed by John Ford, came from a Kipling story about a small boy, but the gender was changed to allow for this vehicle starring Shirley Temple.
Kill, lest you be killed yourselves. That one almost blew your turban off, didn't it? Summary The poem is told by a British soldier; he is expressing admiration for a native water-bearer who loses his life not long after he saves the soldier's. Have you never heard of Chandragupta Maurya? Malvolio's answer states the essence of what you wrote with much less rancor. The other two trick him into a final mission where they end up confronting the entire cult by themselves as the British Army is entering a trap. Guru: Give them their burial picks! They arrive at the outpost to find the streets empty; the soldiers' rousting of the homes turns up one small cluster of ostensible survivors. Gunga Din went through various cuts in the course of its re-releases; reportedly, the script's brief inclusion of Rudyard Kipling Reginald Sheffield as a journalist on assignment so underwhelmed Mrs. You put some juldee in it, Or I'll marrow you this minute, If you don't fill up my helmet, Gunga Din! He could have killed me.
The three principals haul it all on their shoulders via their macho byplay, the authenticity of which Grant recalled for Nancy Nelson's Evenings With Cary Grant William Morrow and Company. . So, is it still a compliment or have the racist overtones made it obsolete? He slaughtered all the armies left in India by Alexander the Great. I used to hear the Gunga Din line sometimes used in that sort of context when I was a kid more or less nearly half a century ago and in a different country to you but wouldn't use it now the only time I refer to the poem at all is if I get locked out of somewhere. Gunga Din: Already bring all tools could find. Cutter: Why don't you enlist, Mate? Cutter: You're looking very regimental, Din.
McLaglen had already appeared in the Kipling adaptation Wee Willie Winkie, as Sgt. In all his writings I never had the distasteful feeling of racist dislike. It seems that to understand the Gunga-Din reference, one would have to read the entire poem. Fairbanks leaps from roof to roof like his esteemed sire; Mr. Here, the Thuggees were not interested in murder by strangulation as much as they were in retrieving a ring needed for their religious ceremonies for the goddess Kali. The English treated the lower class Indians like dirt, but then again, so did the upper class Indians. So the Persians were racist and bigoted.
Grant was anxious to play a broad Cockney character with a lot of physical comedy, and he and Stevens worked up several new bits of business for Cutter. Larrinaga also lent his talents to The Most Dangerous Game 1932 , The Son of Kong 1933 , She 1935 , and Citizen Kane 1941. Beats counting sheep a million miles. Cutter: Marches amid the Thuggees, singing an English pub song. I am a white man, and if a black person were to say that to or about me, would I consider it anything other than a literate person saying a kind thing? McLaglen in his uniform struts intemperately; Cary Grant clowns even beneath the lash of the cult of Thugs, even with a bayonet wound in his vitals.
This time it is Frank and Dean who are determined to prevent Peter from leaving the service to get married. Ballantine: We had to saw his leg off at the 'ip. Director Sturges had actually served as an uncredited assistant editor on Gunga Din. Arthur Rank company of England adopted a man-hitting-a-gong motif for their opening logo. Now go on, get something big! It was all carefully planned. He did have an eye for the foibles of different cultures, but does not seem to have held these differences as immutable.
Indian Territory in 1870 and concerns three rowdy Cavalry sergeants: Mike Frank Sinatra , Chip Dean Martin , and Larry Peter Lawford. I wonder if anybody remembers this, and can tell me where it originated. Lloyd's of London had to pay out on one of the biggest movie-related claims up to that time, and a small army of builders was sent from Hollywood to restore the set in just 10 days. Ballantine: Oh yes, on the last roof we almost lost MacChesney. He seems to be a man of limited intelligence and imagination but also a man of honor and duty and great courage. Producer: George Stevens Director: George Stevens Screenplay: Joel Sayre, Fred Guiol, story by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, based on a poem by Rudyard Kipling Cinematography: Joseph H.
And in innumerable ways he showed that he did not consider the Empire's nonwhite subjects - nor its enemies - to be inferior beings. I first heard, then read, and later viewed the quotation as a youngster I am now 75 , and to this day I regard it as one of the most introspective and enlightening of all. Bertie Higginbotham , Abner Biberman Chota. He could have killed me. I'm uhm, I'm getting married and I'm going into the tea business! The comrades in arms include the calculating Cutter Cary Grant , ever dreaming of finding a cache of riches; the grizzled veteran MacChesney Victor McLaglen ; and the gentlemanly Ballantin Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.