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Kim (1950)
British India rupees and President Monroe prop coins
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The 1950 MGM film "Kim" shows some unusual prop coins substituting for British Indian rupees.
 
The film is based on Rudyard Kipling's novel about a young boy in 1880's British India
who becomes a government agent in the border area between India and Afghanistan.
 
The film stars Errol Flynn as Mahbub Ali the Red Beard and Dean Stockwell as Kim.
 
In one scene a local leader brings a chest of silver rupees and opens it.
Kim
1. Title
 
Kim is a young British boy living in late 1800's British India.
He has a friend "Red Beard".
 
Kim
2. Red Beard and Kim on horseback
 
A local leader brings a chest with some silver coins to pay associates.
 
Kim
3. Hassan Bey has a money chest
 
No, it is not him.
 
Kim
4. Hassan Bey brings the chest to pay a spy
 
Kim
5. The chest contains something else besides fruit
 
The coins are supposed to be British India rupees.
The prop coins appear to be the size of US silver dollars.
 
President Monroe Rubber Stamp
6. Los Angeles Rubber Stamp Company - Motion Picture Prop Coin - Monroe Doctrine
 
Aluminum, 35mm, 3.87gm
 
Obverse:
President James Monroe facing half left
COMPLIMENTS OF / LOS ANGELES RUBBER STAMP CO.
 
Reverse:
Los Angeles city emblem with flag, bear, eagle, castle, lion
MONROE DOCTRONE (sic) CENTENNIAL 1923
STADIUM, LOS ANGELES. CALIF.
CITY OF LOS ANGELES / FOUNDED 1781
 
This token was manufactured by the Los Angeles Rubber Stamp Company to be handed out at the:
Los Angeles Monroe Doctrine Centennial Exposition which was held in 1923.
They were then sold to motion picture companies for use as prop coins.
The token misspells the word "doctrine" with "doctrone".
 
India British rupee 1882
7. A British India rupee, Queen Victoria 1882
Notes:
 
Cast:
Errol Flynn as Mahbub Ali the Red Beard
Dean Stockwell as Kim
Paul Lukas as Lama
Robert Douglas as Colonel Creighton
 
Director: Victor Saville
Writers: Leon Gordon, Helen Deutsch, Rudyard Kipling (novel)
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