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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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Lt. John Forsythe
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Lt. Donald Stone
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Col. Stone (as Sir Guy Standing)
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Maj. Hamilton
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Tania Volkanskaya
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Mohammed Khan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
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Hamzulla Khan
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Ram Singh
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Maj. Gen. Sir Thomas Woodley
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Hendrickson
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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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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Guy Standing was bitten by a black widow spider during filming. See more »

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During the final battle, Khan's men form a defensive line, and several who are killed are not seen in later shots. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Alan McGregor: Who's she?
Lieutenant Forsythe: I met her on the train, if you don't mind.
Lieutenant Alan McGregor: Bad business talking to strange people out here. You know, this is India, you don't who they are, and you might...
Lieutenant Forsythe: Oh, I see. Beautiful spy meets young Lancer officer, makes him give away important military secrets. The Empire goes smash! Melodrama, my dear McGregor, melodrama!
Lieutenant Alan McGregor: It might not be as funny as it sounds, Mr. Stone.
Lieutenant Forsythe: I don't suppose it matters to you, but my name isn't Stone.
Lieutenant Alan McGregor: [Confused] No?
Lieutenant Forsythe: No. It's Forsythe.
Lieutenant Alan McGregor: [...]
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Spoofed in Bonnie Scotland (1935) See more »

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The Man on the Flying Trapeze
(1868) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by George Leybourne
Sung a cappella by Franchot Tone with modified lyrics
Reprised a cappella by Gary Cooper with modified lyrics
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Rousing And Well Made Indian Frontier Adventure!
21 November 2000 | by (Calgary, AB, Canada) – See all my reviews

I picked this little beauty up simply because of Gary Cooper and the subject matter. Having loved Gunga Din, this seemed like a good choice. Cooper as Macgregor, the top billed hero of the piece gives a strong, warm and wry performance. The stand-out surprise of the piece though, is that he is up-staged at nearly every turn by Franchot Tone. The banter between the two is great and takes full advantage of the witty and cynical dialogue. Young Richard Cromwell on the other hand makes very little impression until the final scenes of the picture. The British institution that is C. Aubrey Smith, makes a wonderful patriotic speech from under his formidably bristling eyebrows that brings the house down.

The story-line is pretty standard stuff, three heroes in the face of overwhelming odds fight to uphold British dominance on the Indian Frontier. The strength of the film lies in the characterizations of the leads and the incredible settings and action sequences. A good deal of first rate horsemanship is also in evidence as we are treated to a full Lancer charge and scenes of tent pegging and pig sticking. The final battle is a glorious and exciting sequence that modern film makers would learn a great deal from. The script does have its goofy moments in the later torture sequences as we are treated to lines like "We have ways of making men talk" and are shown the old bamboo under the fingernails bit, but even the cliches seem fitting.

If grand adventure with an emphasis on style is your idea of a good time, you'd be hard put to find a better example than this film!


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