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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
Guy Standing ...
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
Colin Tapley ...
Lt. Barrett
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Grand Vizier
Noble Johnson ...
Ram Singh
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Maj. Gen. Sir Thomas Woodley
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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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1750 to 1! Always out-numbered! Never out-fought! These are the Bengal Lancers...heroes all...guarding each other's lives, sharing each other's tortures, fighting each other's battles... See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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The verse Lt. Forsythe recites in the dungeon is from a poem by William Ernest Henley, entitled 'England, My England'. This is the complete poem: "What have I done for you, / England, my England? / What is there I would not do, / England, my own? / With your glorious eyes austere, / As the Lord were walking near, / Whispering terrible things and dear / As the Song on your bugles blown, / England - / Round the world on your bugles blown! Where shall the watchful sun, / England, my England, / Match the master-work you've done, / England, my own? / When shall he rejoice agen / Such a breed of mighty men / As come forward, one to ten, / To the Song on your bugles blown, / England - / Down the years on your bugles blown? Ever the faith endures, / England, my England: - / 'Take and break us: we are yours, / England, my own! / Life is good, and joy runs high / Between English earth and sky: / Death is death; but we shall die / To the Song of your bugles blown, / England - / To the stars on your bugles blown!' They call you proud and hard, / England, my England: / You with worlds to watch and ward, / England, my own! / You whose mail'd hand keeps the keys / Of such teeming destinies, / You could know nor dread nor ease / Were the Song on your bugles blown, / England - / Round the Pit on your bugles blown! Mother of Ships whose might, / England, my England, / Is the fierce old Sea's delight, / England, my own, / Chosen daughter of the Lord, / Spouse-in-Chief of the ancient Sword, / There's the menace of the Word / In the Song on your bugles blown, / England - / Out of heaven on your bugles blown!" 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 Donald Stone: [Semi-hysterical after having broke under torture] He left me here, didn't he? He knew what they'd do. He wouldn't come after me, not him. Regiment, Service, Duty. Why should I stand what you did for them? Why should I? Why should any of us? Why?
Lieutenant Alan McGregor: [McGregor hits him] I told you to forget it.
Lieutenant Donald Stone: All right Mac. But I still don't understand why.
Lieutenant Alan McGregor: Why? Well - well, there's some think things they don't teach you in military college - can't, I guess. India is big, you know, there's over three hundred ...
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Referenced in Mafia! (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Mother Machree
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Chauncey Olcott and Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Sung a cappella twice by Franchot Tone with modified lyrics
Played on a pungi by Franchot Tone several times
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Gary Cooper fans should know
5 July 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

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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