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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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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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The film was criticized for showing soldiers not taking cover when under fire. See more »

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McGregor tells Lt. Stone to take a paper to Col. Stone. Lt. Stone begins to reach for the paper with his left hand, but accepts it with his right. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Forsythe: You don't like poetry?
Lieutenant Alan McGregor: How should I know? I never read any.
Lieutenant Forsythe: Perhaps something more rugged. "Ever the faith endures, England, my England, take and break us we're yours, England my own. Life is good, joy runs high, between English earth and sky. Death is death, and we shall die, to the song on your bugles blown, to the star on your bugles blown.
Lieutenant Forsythe: [pause] If I'd known I was gonna say all this I would have brought my violin!
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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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They Had Ways of Making Men Talk
29 April 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In British-controlled India, restless natives make life difficult for the 41st regiment of Bengal Lancers. Arriving for adventure, Scotch-Canadian colonist Gary Cooper (as Alan "Mac" McGregor) survives an attack by Indian rebels, and is pegged to quash the resistance. To assist, Mr. Cooper is assigned two recruits - snake-charming transferee Franchot Tone (as John "Fort" Forsythe) and military school graduate Richard Cromwell (as Donald Stone). Despite differences, the three gentlemanly soldiers bond quickly.

The plot focuses quickly on Mr. Cromwell, who is the emotionally estranged son of commanding Colonel Guy Standing (as Tom Stone). Cooper advises, "The old man has ice water in his veins." Cromwell's abduction causes disagreement among the men. Cooper and Mr. Tone want to rescue their young pal, but his own father thinks of the military disadvantages first. "The Lives of a Bengal Lancer" is an obviously dated, but first class production, with director Henry Hathaway and his cast in universally fine form.

******** The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1/11/35) Henry Hathaway ~ Gary Cooper, Richard Cromwell, Franchot Tone, Guy Standing


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