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The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | February 1935 (Germany)
Three British soldiers on the Northwest Frontier of India struggle against the enemy - and themselves.



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Complete credited cast:
Lt. John Forsythe
Richard Cromwell ...
Lt. Donald Stone
Guy Standing ...
Col. Stone (as Sir Guy Standing)
Maj. Hamilton
Tania Volkanskaya
Mohammed Khan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Monte Blue ...
Hamzulla Khan
Colin Tapley ...
Lt. Barrett
Grand Vizier
Noble Johnson ...
Ram Singh
Lumsden Hare ...
Maj. Gen. Sir Thomas Woodley


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 All (60) »


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


Adventure | Drama


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February 1935 (Germany)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Paramount sent 300 cast and crew members on location to the Sierra Mountain town of Independence, CA, where it recruited 100 Piute Indians from nearby reservations, Hindu fruit pickers from the Napa Valley, and country ranchers from Inyo. See more »


When McGregor falls with the torch, it is at first in front of him, but then behind. See more »


Major Hamilton: [the men are arguing over Col. Stone's refusal to disobey orders in order to go after his captured son] He'll have nothing, if his boy doesn't carry on in this regiment.
Lieutenant Forsythe: Then he'd have everything?
Major Hamilton: Of course he would! That's what it means to him. But d'you think he'd let that make any difference to his orders, to his job?
Lieutenant Alan McGregor: Well, why shouldn't it? Why can't he be a little less of a soldier and more of a man? Why can't he forget his blasted duty for once?
Major Hamilton: Man, you *are* blind! Have you never thought...
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Remade as Geronimo (1939) See more »


Pomp and Circumstance
(1901) (uncredited)
Music by Edward Elgar
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Adolph Hitler's Favourite Movie But Then He Wasn't Scotch
11 July 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Long before I saw this I knew a small trivia fact and that is it's reported to have been Adolph Hitler's favourite movie . It's not contradictory . The Indian sub-continent is the birth place of the swastika and is proudly displayed everywhere , well almost everywhere because I don't recall seeing any of them in Manali which is the Mecca for the Israeli stoner . Interesting too that the Nazis were very much pro Muslim and had during the war two Waffen SS divisions one of which the 13th Waffen SS division was composed of Bosnian Muslims and the other the 14th Waffen SS division being composed of Albanians . The Nazis got round the small matter of these Muslims being Slavs by categorizing them as Persians hence qualified as Indo-Ayrans

Apparently Hitler was fascinated by the fact a small island like Britain could govern and rule a large country like India with a population of over 300 million inhabitants . This is easily explained . India is a large country with massive diversity . What you do is divide and rule , just convince the people in one state are British and the people in the next state are a bunch of trouble makers saying nasty things about the royal family and need sorting out . If the people in the next state are of a different religion well that makes the task much easier . Hitler had future designs on ruling the Soviet Union along similar lines but went around it the wrong way by committing genocide against the entire Soviet population . If he only convinced people in conquered territories that they were German and the people up the road were nasty communists intent on causing nuisance then he might have won the war . He should have listened to the dialogue in the opening scene when McGregor is warned " You're far too impulsive "

Being a Hollywood movie not too much is given to facts . It's not factual that cobras are attracted to music because they have no ears and the hyponotic effect of a snake charmer on a cobra is down to body language . Neither is it correct that a Muslim falling in battle is guaranteed " forty eight maidens in paradise " The number is supposedly seventy two but the real figure is actually zero . There is also no such race as " Scotch " which is an alcoholic beverage and the correct term is Scottish which will be of no interest to anyone outside of Scotland

But Hollywood don't do documentaries . Hollywood does spectacle , action and derring do and this movie has it in abundance . This is Boys Own adventure printed on celluloid and fueled an appetite for historical adventure and being from the golden era of Hollywood it's rather more enjoyable than the long winded CGI driven stuff like we got with TITANIC and PEARL HARBOR . It does seem contrived that two of the main characters have North American accents since one is supposed to be Scotch Canadian and the other was brought up in America . It also contains the line " The Scotch are a queer race " so I guess it also influenced Pat Robertson as well as Hitler

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