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Sabu

Sabu

Highest Rated: 100% Elephant Boy (1937)

Lowest Rated: 54% Jungle Book (1942)

Birthday: Jan 27, 1924

Birthplace: Karapur, Mysore, India

Former stable boy who achieved international fame after being cast by Robert Flaherty as the delightfully engaging "Elephant Boy" (1937). He subsequently appeared in several Alexander Korda productions and a number of US films through the mid-1960s. Boyishly handsome, with an outgoing personality and natural talent as an actor, Sabu did well in England in "Drums" (1938) and especially the splendid "The Thief of Bagdad" (1940). His first American films, such as an adaptation of "The Jungle Book" (1942), were also worthy, but Sabu was soon typecast in a series of outlandish, exotic jungle and desert adventures alongside Maria Montez, Jon Hall and Turhan Bey. His last really interesting film was Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger's stunning "Black Narcissus" (1947). Subsequent work was mostly in low-budget adventures right up until his premature death at 39 from a heart attack.

Highest rated movies

100% Black Narcissus
100% The Thief of Bagdad
100% Elephant Boy
83% The Drum
75% Arabian Nights
73% Cobra Woman
54% Jungle Book

Photos

ELEPHANT BOY, Sabu, 1937 elephantboy1937-fsct03, Photo by: (elephantboy1937-fsct03) THE THIEF OF BAGDAD, Sabu, 1940 COBRA WOMAN, Sabu (seated), standing from left: Lon Chaney Jr., Maria Montez, Jon Hall, 1944 BLACK NARCISSUS, front from left: Sabu, Deborah Kerr, David Farrar (center rear), 1947 DRUMS, Sabu, 1938 DRUMS, Sabu, 1938 DRUMS, (aka THE DRUM), from left: Leo Genn, Raymond Massey, Sabu, 1938 DRUMS, (aka THE DRUM), front from left: Sabu, Valerie Hobson, Roger Livesey, 1938 THE END OF THE RIVER, Alan Wheatley (center), Sabu (right), 1947 ELEPHANT BOY, Sabu, 1937 elephantboy1937-fsct07, Photo by: (elephantboy1937-fsct07) THE END OF THE RIVER, from left: Sabu, Bibi Ferreira, 1947 THE END OF THE RIVER, Sabu (left), 1947 THE END OF THE RIVER, from left: Sabu, Bibi Ferreira, James Hayter, 1947 ELEPHANT BOY, Sabu, 1937 elephantboy1937-fsct08, Photo by: (elephantboy1937-fsct08) ELEPHANT BOY, Sabu, 1937 elephantboy1937-fsct02, Photo by: (elephantboy1937-fsct02) ELEPHANT BOY, Sabu, 1937 THE END OF THE RIVER, Maurice Denham (seated), Sabu (right), 1947 THE END OF THE RIVER, from left: Alan Wheatley, Sabu, 1947 THE END OF THE RIVER, from left: Torin Thatcher, Bibi Ferreira, Sabu, Antooinette Cellier, 1947 ELEPHANT BOY, Sabu, 1937 elephantboy1937-fsct09, Photo by: (elephantboy1937-fsct09)

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 54% A Tiger Walks Ram Singh (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 30% Rampage Talib (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 50% Sabu and the Magic Ring Sabu (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jungle Hell Sabu the Jungle Boy (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jaguar Juano (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hello Elephant Sultan of Nagore (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Savage Drums Tipo Tairu (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pardon My Trunk Sultan of Nagore (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Song of India Ramdar (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man-Eater of Kumaon Narain (Character) - 1948
100% 87% Black Narcissus The Young General (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet The End of the River Manoel (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tangier Pepe (Character) - 1946
73% 85% Cobra Woman Kado (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet White Savage Orano (Character) - 1943
75% 80% Arabian Nights Ali Ben Ali (Character) - 1942
54% 56% Jungle Book Mowgli (Character) - 1942
100% 81% The Thief of Bagdad Abu (Character) - 1940
83% 56% The Drum Prince Azim (Character) - 1938
100% 45% Elephant Boy Toomai (Character) - 1937