Classic adventure film so often copied and referenced that much of it feels cliche. There are some hokey parts especially at the beginning of the film and at the very end. However, from the moment Sgt. Cutter discovers the Thugee temple to the moment the Guru leaps into the snake pit, this is simply one of the finest examples of an action movie ever put on film. The guru, as played by Eduardo Ciannelli, is one of the most malevolent, hate filled, evil bad guys you will ever see. That he didn't get a best supporting actor award is only excused by the fact that the movie came out in 1939, arguably the best year in movie history and the competition was so fierce.
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