Jungle Book (1942 film)

Jungle Book (1942 Film)

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Jungle Book is a 1942 American color action-adventure film based on the Rudyard Kipling book, The Jungle Book. The film was directed by Zoltán Korda based on a screenplay adaptation by Laurence Stallings. The cinematography was by Lee Garmes and W. Howard Greene and music by Miklós Rózsa.

The film was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Color for the director's brother, Vincent Korda and creative partner Julia Heron.

In 1943 the film's score was re-recorded with narration by Sabu Dastagir and became the first commercial recording of a U.S. film score to be released.



In an Indian village, Buldeo, an elderly storyteller, is paid by a visiting British memsahib to tell a story of his youth. He speaks of the animals of the jungle, and of the ever-present threats to human life posed by the jungle itself. He then recalls his early life:

As a younger man he dreams that his village could one day become an important town, and that the jungle could be conquered. However, when he is speaking about these dreams an attack by Shere Khan the tiger leads to the death of a man and the loss of his child. The child is adopted by wolves in the...
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