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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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Col. Stone (as Sir Guy Standing)
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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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Set in the spectacle of mystic India with its glittering mosques, oriental palaces, weird music, bronzed nautch dancers See more »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Paramount had planned to produce the film in 1931 and sent cinematographers Ernest B. Schoedsack and Rex Wimpy to India to film location shots such as a tiger hunt. However, much of the film stock deteriorated in boiling heat, so when the film was eventually made in 1934, much of the production took place in the hills surrounding Los Angeles. 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: Well, I must say you spoke your mind, old colonial... If there's any virtue in that.
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Referenced in El viaje a ninguna parte (1986) See more »

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God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Played as background music at the end
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Entirely enjoyable
17 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I popped this film into the VCR. I knew little about it -- just that it starred Gary Cooper (not a favorite of mine) and followed a British regiment stationed in India (Oh no! Just like "Gunga Din" -- overrated, over-acted, over-not-nearly-soon-enough movie I fidgeted through just a few months ago).

What a pleasant surprise. The dialog was quite clever, the relationships complex, and the battle scenes rousing. You know, I bet even "Gunga Din" fans would like it!


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