Gunga Din

Gunga Din (1892)

Poem: Gunga Din ()
Published/Performed: 1892

Author: Rudyard Kipling
Born: Dec 30, 1865 Bombay, British India
Passed: Jan 18, 1936 London, England

Film: Gunga Din
Released: 1939

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About the Poem Gunga Din:

"Gunga Din" (1892) is a poem by Rudyard Kipling.

The poem is a rhyming narrative from the point of view of a British soldier, about a native water-bearer (a "Bhishti") who saves the soldier's life but dies himself. The last line suggests a deep-down unease of conscience about the prevailing views of natural hierarchies, both in the depicted soldier and in Kipling himself.[citation needed] The poem was published as one of the set of martial poems called the Barrack-Room Ballads.

The poem inspired a 1939 adventure film of the same name from RKO Radio Pictures starring Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joan Fontaine, and Sam Jaffe in the title role. The movie was remade in 1961 as Sergeants 3, starring the Rat Pack. The locale was moved from British-colonial India to the old West. The Gunga Din character was played in this film by Sammy Davis, Jr.. Many elements of the 1939 film were also incorporated into Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

A much shorter animated version of the poem and film was made as an episode of The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo, with the ultra-myopic character in the title role. He was voiced by Jim Backus.

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