Gunga Din Reviews
The best thing about this classic adventure is the chemistry between the great actors involved in it, they are all charming and funny, a magnificent triumvirate formed by Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Victor McLaglen; with special mention to Sam Jaffe as their humble and valiant waterboy Gunga Din.
Along with 'The man who would be king' this is probably the peak of the "colonial" adventure movies, in both are explored always relevant themes like greed, vital quest and the value of friendship.
Sheer and unadulterated joy.
Cary Grant stars in this 30s adventure flick based on a poem by Rudyard Kipling. It involves a few British soldiers in India during the 19th century who act more like musketeers.
They mainly want to have a good time together, getting into squabbles, fighting there way out of things. Grant plays the one who seeks treasure, and finds the key to getting it, except for a ruthless cult that gets in the way.
This is just a great movie about having fun. Very old school, but there's no school like the old school.
Sgt. Archibald Cutter: Well if it ain't young toad face. Fancy meeting you here.
Guru: Vile dog! For that insolence you shall grovel before my son. You shall grovel, I say!
Sgt. Archibald Cutter: Look here! I'm a soldier of her Majesty, the Queen. I don't grovel before any 'eathen.
Guru: Tabul, take him to the tower and teach him the error of false pride. Take him away!
In 19th century India, three British soldiers, that happen to be best friends, seek to stop an Indian Cult legion and obtain stolen treasures. Working together, they will find love and riches beyond their wildest dreams; however, their lives may be different after this little adventure in ways they never imagined.
"I'll tear the back right off you with a shovel."
George Stevens, director of Giant, Shane, A Place in the Sun, Vivacious Lady, Annie Oakley, Ocean Swells, The Nitwits, and I Remember Mama, delivers Gunga Din. The storyline for this picture is interesting in a classic "summertime blockbuster" fashion. The settings and action sequences are marvelous for the era and the cast delivers solid performances and includes Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Victor McLaglen, and Douglas Fairbanks.
"You unplease me greatly and I'm going to ignore the both of you."
I came across this film while flicking through the channels and decided to DVR it based on its marvelous cast and fascinating plot. The movie itself has plenty of flaws and drags out numerous sequences; however, the acting makes up for the films deficiencies. I do recommend seeing this picture if you're a fan of Cary Grant movies.
"You're a victim of superior strategy."
This pre-war movie, very losely based on Rudyard Kipling's poem about the misadventures of three soldiers, Cutter (Cary Grant), MacChesney (Victor McLaglen), and Ballantine (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) and an East Indian waterbearer, Gunga Din (Sam Jaffe).
There's lots of fighting and action, and the whole movie itself is played just for fun with the characters mugging it up for the camera. I loved MacChesney talking baby-talk to Annie, the elephant, and Ballantine being talked out of his wedding with his fiancÚ, Emmy (Joan Fontaine) and a civilian life as a tea merchant. And of course, Cutter's obsession with fortune hunting.
Then there's Gunga Din, who wants to be a soldier, but is also so good-hearted to everyone that he pours water for the dying enemy. All of these characters are thrown into the dangers trying to stop a Thuggee revolt in 19th century India.