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The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)

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Three British soldiers on the Northwest Frontier of India struggle against invaders...and themselves.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Lieutenant McGregor
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Lieutenant Forsythe
Richard Cromwell ...
Lieutenant Stone
Guy Standing ...
Colonel Stone (as Sir Guy Standing)
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Major Hamilton
Kathleen Burke ...
Tania Volkanskaya
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Mohammed Khan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Monte Blue ...
Hamzulla Khan
Colin Tapley ...
Lieutenant Barrett
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Emir
J. Carrol Naish ...
Grand Vizier
Noble Johnson ...
Ram Singh
Lumsden Hare ...
Major General Woodley
Jameson Thomas ...
Hendrickson
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Storyline

The 41st Bengal Lancers are stationed on the Northwest Frontier of British India, guarding against Afridi invaders led by wily Mohammed Khan. Experienced (though insubordinate) Lieut. McGregor is joined by two new arrivals, haughty Forsythe and callow Donald Stone...son of the commanding colonel. We follow the three through varied adventures and hardships. Will they uphold the honor of the regiment? Will Stone and the Colonel come to terms with their difficult relationship? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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india | lancer | british | soldier | rescue | See more »

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Set in the spectacle of mystic India with its glittering mosques, oriental palaces, weird music, bronzed nautch dancers See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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February 1935 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Bengali  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Henry Wilcoxon was initially cast as Lt. Forsythe but was dissatisfied with the role and was replaced by Franchot Tone. The official reason was that he had a scheduling conflict with the movie The Crusades (1935). Four days of retakes with Tone were required. See more »

Goofs

McGregor lifts and moves the Vickers machine gun with no apparent effort. However, the gun with the tripod could weigh between 29 and 36 kg (65-80 lb) so it is unlikely that it would be moved as easily as it is in the film. The Vickers was a water-cooled machine gun. The ones seen in the film lack the water condenser can which was usually attached to the barrel. See more »

Quotes

Mohammed Khan: We have ways to make men talk.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Pomp and Circumstance
(1901) (uncredited)
Music by Edward Elgar
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Gary Cooper fans should know
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For those of you young Gary Cooper fans out there, like myself, check out this great movie. It was filmed in the era of Gunga Din, Robin Hood, and They Died With Their Boots On and more than holds it's own with all of them. The Coop is at his best in this one, though for some reason this film is not touted as among his best. It doesn't receive the fanfare High Noon, Pride of the Yankees, or Sergeant York do, and that is a shame. This is a truly entertaining film for people of all ages---it has laughs, plenty of action, and surprising emotion. Check it out.


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