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The Black Watch (1929)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama | 22 May 1929 (USA)
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
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Field Marshal
David Rollins ...
Lt. Malcolm King
Cyril Chadwick ...
Maj. Twynes
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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)
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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)  »

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King of the Khyber Rifles  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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1.20 : 1
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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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Featured in Hollywood: End of an Era (1980) See more »

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Flower of Delight
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Music by William Kernell
Lyrics by Harlan Thompson
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Secret mission
15 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

Is it because it's the beginning of the talkies that both McLaglen's and Myrna Loy's playing are almost ridiculous ?One should forgive the actress for her part of an Indian Joan Of Ark -but a maid who is fond of men,we are told- is not exactly what you call the part of her life.All that takes place in a pasteboard India looks like a poor man's "lifes of a Bengal Lancer"(which would appear six years later):even two names (Mohammed Khan and McGregor) are used in both movies.

On the other hand ,all that takes place in Scotland shows John Ford's touch :the manly camaraderie, the brothers in arm singing "Auld Lang Syne" before leaving for France (WW1),the officer wrongly accused of cowardice -his superior warns him:"you will be a pariah"-;and more prosaically ,the missus ' piece of advice to the private about his privates and the soldier confessing later that at least at war he was left alone.

The scene of the crystal ball almost predates the one in Mankiewicz's "Cleopatra" when Julius Cesar is murdered.


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