Directed by George Stevens. US. 1939. NR. 117 minutes. Warner. 35mm.
Sun., April 3, 2016
Based (loosely) on the famous poem by Rudyard Kipling, Gunga Din is considered by many to be one of the greatest action-adventure films of all time. It stars Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Victor McLaglan, as three happy-go-lucky soldiers in India who find themselves, along with their loyal and trusted water-boy, Gunga Din (Sam Jaffe), single-handedly holding off an uprising of the blood-thirsty Thugee tribes. With a witty, action-packed story by the legendary team of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, direction by the great George Stevens (Shane, Giant, The Diary of Anne Frank, etc.), and a thrilling musical score by Alfred Newman, this was the most expensive and elaborate film that RKO Studios had ever made up to that time, and it shows. So if you like your good guys funny and brave, your bad guys really, really bad, and the action almost non-stop, than come enjoy this classic of the silver screen. (Bill Roth)