Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book

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Jungle Book is a 1942 independent Technicolor action-adventure film by the Korda brothers, loosely adapted from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1894). The story centers on Mowgli, a feral young man who is kidnapped by villagers who are cruel to the jungle animals as they attempt to steal a dead king's cursed treasure. The film was directed by Zoltán Korda and produced by his brother Alexander, with the art direction done by their younger brother Vincent. The screenplay was written by Laurence Stallings. The film stars Sabu as Mowgli. Although the film is in the public domain, the master 35mm elements are with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. An official video release is currently available via The Criterion Collection.

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Jungle Book
Film poster
Directed byZoltan Korda
Screenplay byLaurence Stallings
Based onThe Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling
Produced byAlexander Korda
CinematographyLee Garmes
W. Howard Greene
Edited byWilliam Hornbeck
Music byMiklós Rózsa
Alexander Korda Films, Inc.
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • April 3, 1942 (1942-04-03)
Running time
108 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom
United States
Budget£250,000 ($1 million)[1]
Box office$11 million (est.)
The Jungle Book

The cinematography was by Lee Garmes and W. Howard Greene and the music was by Miklós Rózsa. Because of World War II, the Korda brothers moved their filmmaking to Hollywood in 1940, and Jungle Book is one of the films they produced during that Hollywood period.[2] The film was a commercial success at the box office.[3]