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Jungle Book (1942)




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In this adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling story, Indian juvenile-star Sabu plays Mowgli, who was raised by wolves after having been lost in the jungle as an infant. While he has no trouble conversing with his animal neighbors, Mowgli yearns to touch base with his human roots.

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as Mowgli
John Qualen
as The barber
Frank Puglia
as The pundit
Faith Brook
as English girl
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Critic Reviews for Jungle Book

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

The color is strikingly vivid and some of the individual scenes have natural charm. But the film, as a whole, is ostentatious.

April 15, 2016 | Full Review…

It's a formless, often dull time, but the verdant Technicolor (shot by Lee Garmes) gives it a nice gloss.

April 15, 2016 | Full Review…

As directed by Zoltan Korda, the fiction takes secondary place to the highly interesting and sometimes amazing views of jungle animals in the brilliance of colored photography.

April 15, 2016 | Full Review…

When the animals are talking their own language and roaming their improvised jungle near Los Angeles, Jungle Book is as absorbing as a behind-the-scenes trip to the zoo. But when they converse in Kipling's English, the result is painful.

April 15, 2016 | Full Review…
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The spirit of the original is missing and the whole film despite the lavish nature of its production is unsatisfying.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Heavy going for all its beauty, but still superior to Disney's own live-action adaptation with Jason Scott Lee.

April 15, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jungle Book

totally underrated, one of my fav films from childhood and recently seen again and baby it's still got it: magic and the jungle, a lost city with a king's treasure hidden inside, and animals that talk. i never even knew sabu was indian until i googled it last night! accept no imitations!!!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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I didn't pay attention to most of it - the parts I saw weren't bad.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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sabu! :D

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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