Classic Film Guide

Kim (1950)

Based on a Rudyard Kipling novel, this film boasts a red-headed Errol Flynn as Mahbub Ali, protector of the titled boy character, played by Dean Stockwell. Directed by Victor Saville, who earned two Oscar nominations as the producer for The Citadel (1938) & Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), it tells the tale of how the orphan Kim helps the British fight rebels in India. The screenplay was co-written by Helen Deutsch (Lili (1953)). The cast includes Paul Lukas (Watch on the Rhine (1943), Robert Douglas, Thomas Gomez (Ride the Pink Horse (1947)), Cecil Kellaway (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)), and Reginald Owen.

Both the main characters dress themselves as natives of India, Flynn's because he's undercover and trying to infiltrate the rebel clan, Stockwell's to avoid school. Lukas plays a holy man that befriends Kim, who then works as his apprentice. When it is discovered that Kim is really a white boy, he is sent to a private school where his free and easy ways are punished. So, he escapes and catches up with Flynn's Red Beard, who trains the youngster in the spy trade.  The two of them, with help from the holy man, work to aid the British during the time their kingdom included (occupying) India.

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