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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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Yasmani
David Torrence ...
Field Marshal
David Rollins ...
Lt. Malcolm King
Cyril Chadwick ...
Maj. Twynes
Lumsden Hare ...
Colonel of the Black Watch
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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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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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Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Music : Scots traditional
Performed by David Percy
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Ford's first sound feature, underrated
18 December 2007 | by (Memphis) – See all my reviews

John Ford is in my opinion the greatest director that ever lived, and he rarely ever made a misstep. Many people have listed The Black Watch as a misstep, but in context I do not think that it is. It is true that it is dated in the way that the dialogue is spoken, but find me one sound picture from 1929 that is not.

The problem was with sound pictures themselves, the movies had developed into near perfection in 1927-1928. But then sound became all the rage, and it wasn't profitable anymore for the studios to invest in silent movies. So the masterpieces of the late silent era were put on the back burner for stagy dramas with too much dialog or musicals even more stagy than the dramas.

The Black Watch has Ford's German expressionism influenced photography that he started in the late twenties after meeting F.W. Murnau. It also has the Ford themes of Integration into a society, self sacrifice, and the bond between men.

The one major drawback is the extremely stilted dialogue. No one really understood at the time how sound should be recorded live, which led to really irregular ways of saying lines. With long pauses between each others lines, since they did not want to step on each others' lines, so as to overwork the early microphones.

Victor McLaughlin's acting wasn't his best, but he was much better than Myrna Loy who honestly seemed as though she had been hypnotized before going on the set. I thought the guy who asked forforgiveness for his violence towards his fellow man, who would then do something violent was funny.

Compared to all of John Ford's other films this is near the bottom, but compared to everything else made in sound in 1929 this is at the top of the heap.


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