There he is above in all his exotic flower.
Keep in mind that Sabu’s movies flourished in the same period as the Tarzan epics, and when Hollywood was more curious in things international than it is today. Sabu may have been a rarity, but he was a popular and profitable one.
What was Sabu’s real name? It’s not completely certain but research indicates that it was “Selar Shaik Sabu.” Multiple reference to “Sabu Dastigir” may in fact been the name of the actor’s older brother.
An interesting note: director George Stevens tried to land Sabu for a the role eventually taken by Sam Jaffe in 1939’s Gunga Din. But Sabu was still under contract to British producer Alexander Korda, who declined to loan out the actor’s services.
Ok, let’s get to the answers to our Sabu Quiz. As usual, to review the questions, just scroll down to the blog below. Here we go:
1) Answer: d) Jane Russell. Sabu appeared with Maria Montez in 1942’s Arabian Nights; with Robert Mitchum in 1963’s Rampage; and with Gail Russell in 1949’s Song of India.
2) Answer: b) False. Sabu became an American citizen in 1944, and served during World War II as a U.S. Army Air Force tail gunner.
3) Answer: d) 1947’s Black Narcissus. Sabu plays a young general in this beauty from directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
4) Answer: See introductory remarks above.
5) Answer: b) False. Sabu made significant money during his Hollywood period. In the late Forties and Fifties, he was considered one of the richest stars in Hollywood, hobnobbing with pals James Stewart and Ronald Reagan.