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The Black Watch (1929)

Passed  -  Adventure | Drama  -  22 May 1929 (USA)
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Captain Donald King of the British Army goes to India just as World War I breaks out, convincing his comrades that he is a coward. In reality, he is on a secret mission to rescue British ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Capt. Donald Gordon King
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Yasmani
David Torrence ...
Field Marshal
David Rollins ...
Lt. Malcolm King
Cyril Chadwick ...
Maj. Twynes
Lumsden Hare ...
Colonel of the Black Watch
Roy D'Arcy ...
Rewa Ghunga
David Percy ...
Soloist - Black Watch Officer
Mitchell Lewis ...
Mohammed Khan
Claude King ...
General in India (as Claud King)
Walter Long ...
Harrim Bey
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Captain Donald King of the British Army goes to India just as World War I breaks out, convincing his comrades that he is a coward. In reality, he is on a secret mission to rescue British soldiers held prisoner there. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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based on novel

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Adventure | Drama

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22 May 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King of the Khyber Rifles  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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This was the first sound feature that John Ford directed. Unable to shout orders to the actors, he had his brother, First Assistant Edward O'Fearna dress up as a rifleman and mingle with the crowd whispering Ford's instructions to the principal actors. See more »

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Version of King of the Khyber Rifles (1953) See more »

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Home Sweet Home (There's No Place Like Home)
(uncredited)
Music by H.R. Bishop
Played by buskers as King arrives in Whitehall
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Everything but the kitchen sink in this early Ford epic.
4 April 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

John Ford had notched up almost 50 films in the director's chair when he took on this project in the late 20's coinciding with the advent of sound.

Far less well known than its 1953 re-make (known AS KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES) with Tyrone Power in the Victor McLlaglen role, the story is that of British Army Officer Captain King, who encounters way more than he expected when he is asked to put down an Indian rebellion up around the Khyber Pass.

Very dated now and without the benefit of wide screen color which so enhances desert dramas especially, BLACK WATCH is still an interesting time-capsule. I saw it many years ago on late night TV, both to compare with the later version and to see how John Ford's direction held up in 1929. On both counts, the film scored well!


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