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Gunga Din (1939) was a Action - Adventure Film directed by George Stevens and produced by George Stevens.

The film was based on the poem of the same name written by Rudyard Kipling published in 1892.

Gunga Din was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1999.

Academy Awards 1939 --- Ceremony Number 12 (source: AMPAS)

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Best CinematographyJoseph H. AugustNominated
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The Essential Films of 1939: Gunga Din

By Amanda Garrett on Feb 23, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. take on the brutal Thuggees in Gunga Din. The Director: George Stevens. The Stars: Cary Grant; Victor McLaglen; Douglas Fairbanks Jr; Sam Jaffe and Joan Fontaine. Source Material: Anglo-Indian writer Rudyard Kipling's 1892 poem about... Read full article


Gunga Din (1939)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 7, 2014 From 4 Star Films

Starring Cary Grant, Victor MClaglen, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. with Sam Jaffe in the title role and director George Stevens, the film follows three men in Her Majesties’ Forces. They soon have a run in with a violent cult but they narrowly come out in one piece. However, after that things qui... Read full article


Gunga Din (1939)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 7, 2014 From 4 Star Films

Starring Cary Grant, Victor MClaglen, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. with Sam Jaffe in the title role and director George Stevens, the film follows three men in Her Majesties’ Forces. They soon have a run in with a violent cult but they narrowly come out in one piece. However, after that things qui... Read full article


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Quotes from

Guru: You seem to think warfare an English invention. Have you never heard of Chandragupta Maurya? He slaughtered all the armies left in India by Alexander the Great. India was a mighty nation then while Englishmen still dwelt in caves and painted themselves blue.


Guru: Where are the stranglers?
Thuggees: [Thuggees respond in Hindi]
Guru: Give them their strangling cloths.
Thuggees: Kali.
Guru: Give them their burial picks.
Thuggees: Kali.
Guru: Swear by our mother Kali to be thrice faithful to her and to me and to our order and to all of us.
Thuggees: [Thuggees pray in Hindi]
Guru: Rise, our new-made brothers. Rise and kill. Kill, lest you be killed yourselves. Kill for the love of killing. Kill for the love of Kali. Kill! Kill! Kill!


Colonel Weed: [reading from the poem by the journalist, Rudyard Kipling] "Though I've belted you and flayed you / By the living God that made you / You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din."


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Facts about

Sabu was first choice to play Gunga Din; when it became clear he was unavailable, Sam Jaffe was hired in his place. In an interview years later, Jaffe (a Jewish Russian-American) was asked how he so convincingly played an Indian Hindu. Jaffe replied he kept telling himself to "Think Sabu."
Inspired a comedy recording, "The Last Blast of the Blasted Bugler", by Sonny Giannotta, released on ABC Records in 1962.
Howard Hawks was the original director, but was fired from the project after his previous film, Bringing Up Baby, was a box office bomb.
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