Gunga Din b/w Full Feature

#1 by Tom Photiou , Sun Mar 17, 2024 9:20 pm

A film we bought many decades ago. I cannot recall who released this on super 8, (hopefully someone will help with this information), but this is the full feature. I'm guessing it was originally on 5 x 400ft reels.

This film is a 1939 adventure film from RKO Radio Pictures directed by George Stevens and starring Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., loosely based on the 1890 poem of the same name by Rudyard Kipling combined with elements of his 1888 short story collection Soldiers Three. The film is about three British sergeants and Gunga Din, their native bhisti (water bearer), who fight the Thuggee, an Indian murder cult, in colonial British India.

The quality of the print itself is good with a clear image and and a very good contrast. So often on early b/w super 8 films we see faces with hardly any features where people are looking more like ghosts, in this release they got it right. The sound on this release is good if a little low in a few places but overall it is good.

This is a print that belongs to my brother so I will add that this is not my type of film at all, but I it was directed by George Stevens and does have quite a cast lead by Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen and Douglas Fairbanks Jnr and a score by Alfred Newman.


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#2 by Gwyn Morgan , Mon Mar 18, 2024 4:03 pm

Nice one Tom's Brother
Sometimes its good to watch these older films,just good plain action and adventure.Very nice.


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#3 by Tom Photiou , Mon Mar 18, 2024 8:31 pm

It does make me appreciate films from thev70s onward
There of course hundruds of great movies from the golden era, i think where some fall down,and this is one of them, is where segments of action scenes are speeded up, sometimes as fast as a Chaplin silent film and when this occures you cant help but smile. But i guess that was of the times.


 
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#4 by Barry Attwood , Thu Mar 21, 2024 8:08 am

Tom the print most probably originated from Hollywood Film Exchange in thye U.S,, as they had RKO rights at one point.


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#5 by Tom Photiou , Thu Mar 21, 2024 8:11 am

Thanks Barry, this one does start with the old bleeping RKO logo. Would this have been via mountain films?


 
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#6 by Barry Attwood , Fri Mar 22, 2024 8:14 am

I believe "Gunga Din" was only ever released in America, I never saw it on any Mountain Films lists.


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#7 by Tom Photiou , Fri Mar 22, 2024 6:28 pm

Thanks for the information Barry, I must admit it isn't one I've seen for sale very often, though this print is being listed at the weekend, Brother has decided to sell it.


 
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