Cary Grant as Sergeant Archibald Cutter and Victor McLaglen as Sergeant 'Mac' MacChesney in George Stevens 1939
adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's poem
Gunga Din.

To this day
Gunga Din is probably one of the best screen depictions of the Victorian era British military in India. If not in
historical accuracy but certainly in character realization, shooting location (the Sierra Nevada mountains in California doubling
for India's North West Frontier) dialog and story line, the last of which still stands the test of time against much more recent
films.

As mentioned elsewhere in this web site Victor McLaglen served in the British army during the Anglo-Boer War for a short time
before being discharged at the request of his father for being under age. He also served in the Middle East during World War
One becoming Provost Marshall for the area around the city of Baghdad.


Black and White Production Still
10 Inches x 8 Inches (28cm x 18cm)
Alex Kahle - Photographer
RKO Radio Pictures
United States
1939

Below: the hallmarks of an authentic production still/press photo. Note the series of stamps indicate former ownership,
copyright date as well as censor approval.