• United Kingdom
  • 1938
  • 98 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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Zoltán Korda’s charged adaptation of a novel by The Four Feathers author A. E. W. Mason features Sabu in his second film role, as the teenage Prince Azim, forced into hiding when his father, the ruler of a peaceful kingdom in northwest India, is assassinated by his own ruthless brother. Protected by a friendly British officer (Roger Livesey) and his wife (Valerie Hobson), and befriended by the regiment’s drummer boy, Prince Azim ends up fighting with the colonialists against his dastardly uncle. This rousing adventure includes an exuberant performance by Sabu and spectacular Technicolor cinematography by Georges Périnal and Osmond Borradaile.

Cast

Prince AzimSabu
Prince GhulRaymond Massey
Captain CarruthersRoger Livesey
Mrs. CarruthersValerie Hobson
Lieutenant EscotDavid Tree
Bill HolderDesmond Tester
Mohammed KhanAmid Taftazani
Lawrence BaskcombZarullah

Credits

DirectorZoltán Korda
ProducerAlexander Korda
Based on the novel byA. E .W. Mason
Screenplay adaptationLajos Biro
ScenarioArthur Wimperis, Patrick Kirwin and Hugh Gray
CinematographyGeorges Périnal and Osmond Borradaile
EditorHenry Cornelius
Music composed byJohn Greenwood
Musical directorMuir Matheson

Film Essays

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Eclipse Series 30: Sabu!

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Press Notes: Sabu!

December 14, 2011

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Film Essays

Current_junglebook_fgthumb_thumbnail

Eclipse Series 30: Sabu!

By Michael Koresky November 29, 2011

It’s hard to imagine a movie role more perfectly suited to the actor playing it than Toomai in Elephant Boy (1937), the part that made Selar Shaik—known as Sabu—one of the least likely . . . Read more »