Metro has quite a spectacle, but not much else, in this version of Rudyard Kipling's Kim. The story of youthful adventure in India comes to the screen as rambling, overlength, spotty entertainment.
Metro has quite a spectacle, but not much else, in this version of Rudyard Kipling’s Kim. The story of youthful adventure in India comes to the screen as rambling, overlength, spotty entertainment.Visual dressing helps somewhat to carry the episodic plot line and story does have its appealing moments, particularly when young Dean Stockwell is on screen – a young orphan who plays at being a native and encounters derrin-do adventures while aiding British intelligence ferret out a dastardly Czarist Russian plot to seize India. Errol Flynn is the star, playing with flamboyant gusto the wily and amorous horse-trader who aids the government and Kim. The lama sequences, in which Paul Lukas plays the holy man who advises young Kim, are much too long and slow.
M-G-M. Director Victor Saville; Producer Leon Gordon; Screenplay Leon Gordon, Helen Deutsch, Richard Schayer; Camera William Skall; Editor George Boemler; Music Andre Previn; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters
(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 112 MIN.
Errol Flynn Dean Stockwell Paul Lukas Robert Douglas Thomas Gomez Cecil Kellaway