Jungle Book is an American color action-adventure film from 1942 based on the famous Rudyard Kipling book. The film was directed by the Hungarian Zoltán Korda based on a screenplay adaptation by Laurence Stallings. The cinematography was by Lee Garmes and W. Howard Greene and music by Miklós Rózsa. The film starred Sabu Dastagir as Mowgli. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards including “Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration”, “Color” for the director’s brother, Vincent Korda and creative partner Julia Heron. This film was the first one in history with a separate released soundtrack on vinyl.
Teenaged Mowgli, who was raised by wolves, appears in a village in India and is adopted by Messua. During this time Mowgli learns human language and some human ways quickly, though keeping jungle ideas and experiences. The influential merchant Buldeo is bigoted against “beasts” including Mowgli; not so Buldeo’s pretty daughter, whom Mowgli takes on a jungle tour where they find a treasure, setting the evil of human greed in motion.