Onward to Gunga Din, a 1939 RKO adventure film starring Cary Grant and Douglas Fairbanks Jr, chronicling the triumph of British soldiers over Indian natives. Yay! It comes in at #718 on our list.
OK, let's just get this out of the way.
- Oh, those untrustworthy natives. You try to do the good Christian thing and
take over their countrygive them protection, and they launch an attack on your outpost. Typical. Ungrateful sods.
- Sorry, but the British hats are ridiculous. And they remind me way too much of the bad guy from Jumanji.
- This is easily Cary Grant at his most attractive. Definitely. But...that's not really meant to be a Cockney accent, is it?
- I love the mildly exasperated look on Cary Grant's face as he walks in on Douglas Fairbanks Jr fighting eight or ten natives, then casually saunters over and joins the fray. Smooth.
- I LOVE Mac trying to trick his darling elephant into taking her elephant elixir the way you would coerce a two year old into eating broccoli. Classic. I am supremely amused by the genuine affection Mac has for little Annie. Never try to get between a boy and his elephant.
- Is it just me, or does Douglas Fairbanks sound ever so slightly Australian sometimes? Bear in mind that it's entirely possible that it's just me.
- Oh no are we spiking the pinch with elephant elixir? No good can come of this. Edit: I was wrong. The good that came out of it was a hilarious hunt for a fly in the punch that Victor McLagen plays perfectly straight. Well done.
- Yeah, this movie is definitely the prototype for bromance roadtrip movies, thinly veiled as a war action/adventure film.
- I love Cutter and Mac trying to think of ways to keep Ballantine from leaving them - including such well thought out plans as starting a war or nipping off to blow up the Taj Mahal.
- I'm sorry, I know I've already mentioned the whole racism thin, but Gunga Din? I am offended on behalf of all India. I don't mean to keep beating a dead horse, I know this was made in the 1930s and there were much different standards regarding the representation of various ethnicities in film...but I can't help but think how much the "Indian" makeup makes me think of Soul Man.
- OMG I'm like five seconds away from punching this bitch in the face. I do not like Ballantine's fiancee. She's a buzzkill. I'm glad he finally tells her what's what.
- I love the scene where Cary Grant's tied up, arguing with Mac, while Ballantine just sits on the ground, head in hand, so totally over their lover's quarrel. "You displease me greatly and I'll ignore the both of you," says the long-suffering Ballantine. So priceless it should be in a Mastercard commercial.
- Why is Auld Lang Syne playing at Gunga Din's funeral? Isn't that a New Years song? Am I missing the relevance? Edit: WTF did I do without wikipedia? Apparently it's also a funeral song. And, oddly enough, a Boy Scout song. Who knew?
Thanks for reading, and come back tomorrow for American Graffiti!