Gunga Din (dir. George Stevens, 1939)

CrowdCast, Sunday 22 November 2020, 4pm GMT

Running Time: 1hr 57

Rating: U


In colonial India, three British soldiers (Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen and Douglas Fairbanks Jr) must stop the secret murderous Thuggee cult before it terrorises the land, with the help of Gunga Din (Sam Jaffe), a native bhisti water-bearer. Notable for Jewish-American actor Jaffe’s outdated performance in brownface as Gunga Din. A swashbuckling adventure that was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the US Library of Congress in 1999 and influenced adventure films from Princess Bride (1987) and Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom (1984) to Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). Remade as Sergeants 3 (1962) with the Rat Pack at the helm and the part of Gunga Din played by Sammy Davis Jr.

With an introduction by Rehan Hyder, UWE Bristol.

Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr in Gunga Din

Cocktail: Sour Gunga Din / Gunga Din cocktail demo

Part of our Spotlight on George Stevens.

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