Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness

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Adolf Zukor & Jesse L. Lasky
         present
          CHANG
 A Drama of the Wilderness

   A COOPER-SCHOEDSACK
       PRODUCTION

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Produced in the Jungles
   of Northern Siam
         by
ERNEST B. SCHOEDSACK
         and
  MERIAN C. COOPER

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      Titles by 
   Achmed Abdullah


     Passed by the
National Board of Review

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              THE CAST:
                ____

         Natives of the Wild:
who have never seen a motion picture.

             Wild Beasts:
who have never had to fear a modern rifle.

             The Jungle

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Before the most ancient
 civilization arose, before 
the first city in the world 
was built, before man trod 
the earth - than, as now,
there stretched across vast
spaces of farther Asia a
great green threatening mass
of vegetation...the Jungle...

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Man, the intruder, came
 into the Jungle ... He
fought it .... He never
vanquished it...For strong
    is the Jungle.

[dissolves to:]

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Time and again fields,
 towns, great Empires
were hacked out of the 
Jungle .... They are
forgotten .... Always the
Jungle rose in its wrath
  and swallowed them.

[dissolves to:]

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But Man must live ....
  So Man fights on.

[dissolves to:]

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Still today in the Jungle
  his crude axe sounds
    in the clearing.

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Such a man is Kru, the
  Lao tribesman --

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Bolder than the rest of
 his tribe, a Pioneer
without Covered Wagon,
he has ventured deeper 
into the Jungle to make 
       his home.

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Chantui, Kru's wife.

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"The last grain of rice
 is husked, O very small
       daughter!"

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Nah, son and heir of the 
     House of Kru.

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"Give Bimbo a bite, 
     big boy!"

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The family's wealth is a
 few domestic animals,
which must be protected
from the Jungle's stealthy,
 ferocious wild beasts.

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Even human beings are
not safe from the Jungle
prowlers .... So the Kru
family mansion is built on 
        stilts.

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"The world's all upside
          down!"

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Cocoanut milk grows its 
      own bottles.

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"Chantui! .... Today, in
 the clearing, I saw 
   leopard tracks!"

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"A leopard! .... I must
   put the calf away."

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[animated title; text 
appears at various angles]

"WOOF! WOOF!!" 
"BAA-AA-AA!" "BAA-AA-AA!!"

"WOOF! WOOF!" "WOOF! WOOF!" 
"BAA-AA-AA!"

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[animated title; text 
appears at various angles]

"WOOF! WOOF!" "WOOF! WOOF!!" 
"BAA-AA-AA!!" "BA-AA-A!" "BAA-AA-AA!"
"WOOF! WOOF!" 

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To catch the murderer,
  Kru builds up the
goatpen wall higher than 
a leopard can jump, and -

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-- turns the pen into a 
trap and gambles his 
 last goat for bait.

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If the leopard steps on
this treadle, the door
      will fall.

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One little tillable patch,
 hacked from the living
       Jungle --

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-- with the help of his 
 patient water buffalo.

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"That's what I call
      service!"

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Rice is the only crop.
 Should it fail, the
little family faces hunger.
... "O Buddha, protect
      our crop!"

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Evening ....

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Last chores of the day.
Everything is made snug
and safe against the 
 dangers of the night.

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Tigers like dog-meat,
and like it young and
       tender.

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Here's one mouthful the 
   tigers won't get.

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While Man sleeps, the 
    Jungle wakes.

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"Mama dear - please -
 tell me a bear story!"

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She rolls her own.

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"You're the roughest 
 mama I've ever had!"

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Tiger--the bully of the
Jungle .... cruel ....
   bloodthirsty ....

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For such is the Law of
the Jungle:-- death to 
the weaker, food to the 
      stronger.

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"Ouch!"

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The murdering leopard 
returns to the scene of 
      his crime.

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The old homestead:--
Kru's former village.

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"Last night the tiger took my
 buffalo .... Many leopards
 prey upon my stock. One
 leopard I slew. But there
 are tracks of more .... Give
 me many men, O Chief, to
         help me!"

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"Tomorrow, O Kru,
 thirty brave men
    shall go."

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Next day, the men match
 their cunning against 
that of the Jungle beasts. 
Wherever they find an
animal trail they make --

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-- pitfalls --

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-- snares --

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-- nets --

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-- deadfalls --

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One touch on the trip-
rope .... and the sharp
bamboo blades crash 
       down.

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Other strange devices --

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When all had been made 
       ready --

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"Drive them out, brothers!
 Drive them, O brave men,
     O strong men!"

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A snare.

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Caught!!

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Can he bite through the
         rope?

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TIGER!

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"That was my last bullet, 
 O Tahn .... Let's us go 
          home."

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"We be mighty hunters, 
         Kru!"

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"Even so, Tahn. Every
 tiger in the Jungle
 will tremble at our
       names!"

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"HELP! HELP!"

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"SHOOT! SHOOT!"

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"See what I missed!"

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"Aye -- and what 
   missed me!

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In the drive, they spared 
  the baby animals ....

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Mongoose -- the snake
       killer.

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Scaly Anteater.

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Baby Leopard.

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Baby Anteater.

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Months of blazing golden-
  red, tropical sun ....
Months of warm rain ....
Months of Man's back-
breaking toil....Now Kru's 
rice is almost ready to 
       harvest.

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To protect his rice against
 the evil spirits of the 
Jungle - a mantra, a secret,
   strange witch charm.

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The mantra was powerless!
 The day before the
harvest - disaster! Kru's
little crop is destroyed!

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Trampled! .... Trampled! ....
A Chang! .... A giant Chang!

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To catch the vandal
 raiders of the night
who have robbed his
family of their chief food.

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A pitfall deep enough 
to catch the largest
Chang in all the Jungle.

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Over-night .... trapper's
         luck.

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Hunters from the village
pursue an agile breakfast.

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A barbed-tailed monitor
        lizard.

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"Come quick! A Chang!"

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"Heave away, boys!"

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"Give him hell, boys!"

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"Take him away ....
 I don't like his nose!"

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"You just wait 'til mother
   hears about this!"

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Now peace and happiness
 and contentment come 
to the little Jungle home.

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"Our troubles are over, 
 Chantui. We've killed
    the tigers ...."

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".... and the leopards ...."

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".... and when the little
 Chang grows up, we'll
 make him work for us
.... yes -- all is well
 now -- praised be the
     Lord Buddha!"

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 "Out! Out! Quick!
THE MOTHER CHANG!"

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"Don't leave your little
         Bimbo!"

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"Help! Help little Bimbo!"

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"Won't somebody help
   little Bimbo?"

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"Can't somebody stop
   that leopard?"

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The wrong trail!

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"Hi! Wait for Bimbo!"

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Pitfall!

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"Rung hao!! There's its
        mate!!"

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Morning in the village.

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Finders keepers.

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"Now show me what
 monkeys are good for
 -- besides fleas!"

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At last the little family
reaches the village --
 the haven of safety.

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At the house of the Chief
 the elders listen to Kru's
          story.

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"And coming through the
 Jungle, O wise men,
 everywhere I saw tracks of 
 Chang .... It must be that
 the Great Herd has 
 returned - that the dread
 destroyers are once more
    on the war path!"

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"We dare not return to
 the Jungle! .... The
 Great Herd would
   crush us all!"

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"The Great Herd near
 here? What foolish
 words be these, O
 grandson of a monkey?"

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"Lies!....A tale with which
 to frighten women and
 little children! .... All the
 world knows that the Great
 Herd has not been seen
 since our grandfathers' day!"

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"O Very Foolish! ... Great
 Herd? .... A silly tale! ...
 Only in your imagining
 is there this Great --"

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In answer to the Jungle's
      challenge --

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-- they build a huge
elephant trap or krall.

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Walls made of wood. Jungle
wood. Wood as heavy as
iron, as strong as steel, as
tough as copper. Wood
powerful enough to resist
the Changs' massed charge.

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Buttressed with sturdy
       logs --

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Through a day and a
night, and again a day
and a night, they toil
desperately, until they
fashion a huge funnel.

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A high gate is left open.

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The trap itself.

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While the krall is being
 built, Kru and the
Jungle trackers have
followed the trail of the
 Great Herd until --

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"Men or beasts we elephants
 do not fear, but what are
 these strange trees that
          walk?"

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Fire. The friend of man.
The dreaded enemy of 
every Jungle beast ... Night
after night the great bonfires
blaze up with scarlet tongues,
stretching an ever-tightening
wall of flame around the
       Great Herd.

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Thus, for days, they drive
  the Great Herd, never
daring to relax their caution
  for a single moment.

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Beaters behind them.
Beaters on either side.
Only one way to go; -
across the lake...toward
     the krall.

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The Chosen Twenty --
 the Bravest of the
Brave -- the guardians
   of the krall.

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     revealed consecutively]

 "THEY COME!
   QUICK!
TO THE KRALL!"

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     consecutively]

"OUT, SWORDS! OUT, SPEARS!
    OUT, O BRAVE MEN!
        HELP US,
     O LORD BUDDHA!"

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With spears the Chosen
Twenty fight the mad-
dened elephants back
   from the walls.

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"BLOCK THAT GATE!"

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So part of the Great
 Herd was captured;
-- the rest dispersed....
leaderless....no longer a
      danger ....

[dissolves to:]

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Strong is the elephant;
 stronger is Man's mind.
Here, as everywhere,
brawn surrenders to brain.

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Says G. P. Sanderson, great
 English authority on ele-
phants; "Nor are there any
elephants who cannot be
subjugated whatever their size
or age. The largest elephants
are frequently the most easily
tamed as they are less appre-
hensive than the young ones."

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Two months in the stocks
breaks the elephants'
spirits .... Then kindness
wins their affection and
        loyalty.

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Never completely victorious.
 ... Never completely de-
feated....Such is Man's fate
in the Jungle....So he fights
          on....

[dissolves to:]

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And so Kru, the Pioneer,
 goes back again to the
Jungle... to hack out a
new home for his family.

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Kru's new slave -- his
share of the great drive.
It is thus that man turns
the Jungle's own against
   the Jungle itself.

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"Bring me a length of
 sugar-cane, O very
  small daughter!"

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Bimbo's share of the drive
-- a new, big butter-and-
egg monkey from the 
 middle wilderness --

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"Mama! Mama!"

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Peace, then! .... For a day
 .... Perhaps for a month
....Perhaps for a year? But
     not for long....

[dissolves to:]

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For first was the Jungle.
 Always will be the Jungle.
From the beginning until the
end of Time it stretches ....
the Unconquered .... the
     Unconquerable!

THE END


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