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Director:
Writers:
Waldemar Young (screen play) &
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Release Date:
February 1935 (Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
Three British soldiers on the Northwest Frontier of India struggle against invaders...and themselves. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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(2 articles)
User Reviews:
Rousingly pleasing. See more (24 total) »

Cast

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Gary Cooper ... Lieutenant McGregor

Franchot Tone ... Lieutenant Forsythe
Richard Cromwell ... Lieutenant Stone
Guy Standing ... Colonel Stone (as Sir Guy Standing)

C. Aubrey Smith ... Major Hamilton
Kathleen Burke ... Tania Volkanskaya

Douglass Dumbrille ... Mohammed Khan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Monte Blue ... Hamzulla Khan
Colin Tapley ... Lieutenant Barrett

Akim Tamiroff ... Emir
J. Carrol Naish ... Grand Vizier
Noble Johnson ... Ram Singh
Lumsden Hare ... Major General Woodley
Jameson Thomas ... Hendrickson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
F.A. Armenta ... Indian Officer (uncredited)

Mischa Auer ... Captured Afridi (uncredited)
James Bell ... Indian Officer (uncredited)
Ralph Bucko ... (uncredited)
Ray Cooper ... Assistant to Grand Vizier (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Sentry (uncredited)
Eddie Das ... Servant (uncredited)
James Dime ... (uncredited)
Sam Garrett ... Rider / Roper (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... British Officer (uncredited)
Abdul Hassan ... Ali Hamdi (uncredited)
Jamiel Hasson ... Indian Officer (uncredited)
Alexander Ikonnikov ... Indian Officer (uncredited)
Myra Kinch ... Dancer (uncredited)
Claude King ... Experienced Clerk (uncredited)
Leonid Kinskey ... Snake Charmer (uncredited)
Rollo Lloyd ... The Ghasi - a Prisoner (uncredited)
Lya Lys ... Girl on Train (uncredited)
Clive Morgan ... Captain Norton (uncredited)
Hussain Nasri ... Muezzin (uncredited)
Jack Padjan ... British Lancer (uncredited)
George Regas ... Kushal Khan (uncredited)
Reginald Sheffield ... Novice Clerk (uncredited)
Bhogwan Singh ... Naim Shah (uncredited)
Ram Singh ... Indian Officer (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ... McGregor's Servant (uncredited)
Cuyler Supplee ... (uncredited)
Carlie Taylor ... British Officer (uncredited)
James Warwick ... Lieutenant Gilooley (uncredited)
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Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
 
Writing credits
Waldemar Young (screen play) &
John L. Balderston (screen play) and
Achmed Abdullah (screen play)

Grover Jones (adaptation) and
William Slavens McNutt (adaptation)

Francis Yeats-Brown (suggested by the novel by)

Maxwell Anderson  contributing writer (uncredited)
Laurence Stallings  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)
Francis Yeats-Brown  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Louis D. Lighton .... producer
 
Original Music by
Herman Hand (uncredited)
John Leipold (uncredited)
Milan Roder (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson (uncredited)
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clem Beauchamp .... assistant director (uncredited)
Paul Wing .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Hansen .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Harold Lewis .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest B. Schoedsack .... camera operator: background shots, India (uncredited)
Ernest B. Schoedsack .... director of photography: background shots, India (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Rudolph G. Kopp .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
Robert M. Gillham .... press agent (uncredited)
LeRoy Prinz .... choreographer (uncredited)
Slim Talbot .... stand-in: Gary Cooper (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Rochfort John .... grateful acknowledgment for the technical advice and supervision of (as Capt. Rochfort John)
W.E. Wynn .... grateful acknowledgment for the technical advice and supervision of (as Lieut. Col. W.E. Wynn)
 
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Runtime:
109 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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Adolf Hitler's favourite film, at least at one point. He watched this 3 times.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 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 million people, and run by just a handful of men. The - the job comes first. Like old ramrod. You can't let death move you, nor love. And it's like - and how can I tell you what it's all about when I don't know myself?
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Referenced in Voyage to Nowhere (1986)See more »
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Pomp and CircumstanceSee more »

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Rousingly pleasing., 19 September 2008
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

It's the Northwest Frontier of India and we are in the company of the 41st Bengal Lancers. Led by Colonel Tom Stone , they are having mounting troubles with rebel leader Mohammed Khan. Lieutenant Alan McGregor is a tough experienced soldier who is never afraid to speak his mind or disobey orders, Stone is the complete opposite, he's a military man thru and thru. When two new recruits arrive as replacements, one of them being Colonel Stone's son, the Lancers must stop the rebels from stealing ammunition from the Emir of Gopal, all parties must put aside their problems to help the war effort.

Henry Hathaway's adaptation of Francis Yeats-Brown's novel is one of the best war films of the 30s, wonderfully scripted by Grover Jones, it's laced with army humour and tells a great story of friendships and family ties. The Indian heavy atmosphere is gorgeous, something Hathaway clearly excelled at portraying, with Charles Lang & Ernest Schoedsack's photography beautifully realising this period in history. For sure the imperialistic nature of the piece is prominent, but it is never overdone, with the rebel Indians painted more as a resourceful enemy than in other notable pictures of the time. The action sequences are adroitly handled and the acting {particularly from Gary Cooper as McGregor} is on the money, whilst the ending hits hard and quite frankly stirs the blood. The Lives Of A Bengal Lancer is a golden picture from a golden age, an adventure yarn to watch each and every year. 8/10

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