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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
Lt. Donald Stone
Col. Stone (as Sir Guy Standing)
Maj. Hamilton
Tania Volkanskaya
Mohammed Khan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Hamzulla Khan
Colin Tapley ...
Lt. Barrett
Grand Vizier
Ram Singh
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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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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February 1935 (Germany)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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On March 8, 1935, "Daily Variety" reported that the picture had been classified by German censors for screening on national holidays, making an exception to a law that banned regular runs of pictures on holidays. See more »


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 »


Major Hamilton: McGregor, you'll meet the two replacement officers this morning. lieutenants Forsythe and Stone.
Lieutenant Alan McGregor: Yes, sir. Stone?
Major Hamilton: His son.
Lieutenant Alan McGregor: His what?
Major Hamilton: I said, his son.
Lieutenant Alan McGregor: [chuckles] I can't imagine the old Ramrod ever having been that human.
[imitating Col. Stone]
Lieutenant Alan McGregor: Madam, you'll marry me Tuesday the 29th. Be at the church at 10:00. That's an order!
Lieutenant Alan McGregor: Furthermore, you're improperly dressed!
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Referenced in David O. Selznick: 'Your New Producer' (1935) See more »


Pomp and Circumstance
(1901) (uncredited)
Music by Edward Elgar
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29 August 2014 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

exotic, romantic, useful for discover the old virtues and conventional India, mixture of drama, humor and noble intentions/ gestures, with a legendary cast, it is a great show. maybe , a perfect one. the old scent is its great virtue. than - the story, impeccable in each detail. and the inspired image about duty and honor. it is an useful film. not only for acting or for the heroic scenes but for the grace to do a good job who has the opportunity to seems be remarkable. because each detail, the dialog, the same ingredients for Middle East policy are impressive. a film with taste of event for many viewers. for the status of piece from a precious lost world.

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