Thai title: โชคสองชั้น
English title: Chok Song Chun
Thai movie Chok Song Chun (โชคสองชั้น)(Double Luck) was released in year 1927. It is a mute movie. It is the first Thai feature film by Bangkok Pictures Company. The movie is lost in Thailand but luckily a sequence of less than one minute is still available at Thai Film Archives. The movie was 90 minutes long. Main actors are Manop Praparak, M.L. Sudjitr Issarangkul and Mongkol Sumonnat. The short sequence shows some fighting, car chasing, two men talking. The Culture Ministry registers 25 Thai classic films each year at the National Film Heritage Registry. This movie is part of the 25 films heritage list announced on 04 October 2012, which is Thai Movies Conservation Day. 12130 people watched the movies through 4 days in year 1927. Full summary is as below : The main actor is a district officer in the North of Thailand. He receives order to go to Bangkok to catch a criminal hiding in the city. He stays in a noble house and meets the owner’s daughter called Wally. They fall in love. A man called Wing is also loving secretly Wally and often visits her father in order to court her. Wing is the man that the district officer needs to catch. Wing sends subordinates to hurt the district officer but his plan fails. Wing kidnaps Wally. The district officer chases Wing’s car (part of the sequence still left to be seen). Police helps to catch Wing and his ruffians also. Double chance (โชคสองชั้น) for the district officer as he catches Wing and also Wally, who becomes his wife.
Thai title: ช้าง
English title: Chang: A Drama Of The Wilderness
Director: Merian C Cooper
Movie ช้าง - “Chang : A drama of the wilderness”, film is a US movie shot in Thailand in 1927. Merian C Cooper, who later went on to produce King Kong, made this film in Nan province, featuring an attack by a herd of rampaging elephants on a forest village. Krung Lao is a tribesman. His family is living in a stilt house. He has three children. Dog is brought upstairs every evening and ladder is removed to avoid jungle animals entering at night time. A leopard is eating his calves despite a fence so he sets up a trap to catch it. Buffalo is used as a transportation mean. Many wild animals are featured such as tiger, bear, snake, porcupine, gibbon, varan. The leopard is finally captured and killed. The movie shows traditional ways to capture and kill tiger and leopard. A baby elephant is also captured by Krung through a traditional hole trap. The mother elephant wants to get back her calf and does a rampage on Krung's house. The family has to flee by boat. They are then chased by a tiger and a leopard. Krung succeeds to kill the tiger and captures the leopard in a trap. Later on, a whole village is destroyed following a rampage by a herd of elephants. Traditional way to capture a herd of elephants is also featured by guiding elephants to a big area surrounded by high fences. The family builds a new house and has their own new elephant. This 90 years old movie is impressive with a huge live elephants herd featured and no Fx.