GUNGA DIN TOUR. Filmed here in the summer and fall of 1938, Gunga Din remains to this day the largest production ever filmed in the Lone Pine area. The production company created huge sets, hired over a thousand extras, and built a tent city to house the cast and crew. It is recognized as one of the rare films of its era to stand up well to modern sensitivities. Visit the site of the temple, the village of Tanta Pur, battle scene locations and see the location of the rope bridge crossed by the elephant.
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Pictures from filming of Gunga Din - 1938
MUSEUM RECEIVES GIFT OF GUNGA DIN CAST-SIGNED SWORD FROM MORGAN FAMILY
The Museum has recently received an important artifact from the film Gunga Din, made possible by James Morgan. The artifact is a wooden sword signed by all the principles of the film Gunga Din that Mr. Morgan’s father collected while he worked on the film in Lone Pine in the summer and fall of 1938.
Clive Morgan was in the cast playing a lancer captain and had the foresight to create this one-of-a-kind souvenir, and now it is part of the permanent collection of the museum, becoming part of the "Easterns" or "Oriental Film Epics" display.
The story goes that when the studio heads saw the quality of the “dailies” they realized their film, in which they had invested an unprecedented amount of RKO money, was very good. So they decided to add 300 extras and return to Lone Pine in the fall after the interiors were completed at the studio.
When they got on site, ready to work, the production company discovered it did not have enough swords. Since reality in Hollywood production of the time counted for little, and appearance was everything, the prop department created wooded swords and painted them silver. When many of those Thuggees and Lancers rode into battle with blood curdling cries, they were carrying wooden swords like we used as children.
Mr. Morgan took one of the unpainted wooden swords and had cast members sign it. Now the sword is on display for all of us to enjoy and to reminisce about the making of this class film.
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