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Director:
Writers:
Waldemar Young (screen play) &
John L. Balderston (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 »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
User Reviews:
Rousing And Well Made Indian Frontier Adventure! See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 10, 1939, with C. Aubrey Smith and Douglass Dumbrille reprising their film roles.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 Alan McGregor:That kid needs him, it's his own blood, and if he cared a hang for him...
Major Hamilton:Oh, of course he cares! But what's that got to do with it? He loved his wife too, and he lost her. She was American. Couldn't stick the service, couldn't understand. So he chose the regiment then, just as he's doing now. But that doesn't mean he didn't care.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in El crimen del cine Oriente (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mother MachreeSee more »

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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Rousing And Well Made Indian Frontier Adventure!, 21 November 2000
Author: sherlock-34 from Calgary, AB, Canada

I picked this little beauty up simply because of Gary Cooper and the subject matter. Having loved Gunga Din, this seemed like a good choice. Cooper as Macgregor, the top billed hero of the piece gives a strong, warm and wry performance. The stand-out surprise of the piece though, is that he is up-staged at nearly every turn by Franchot Tone. The banter between the two is great and takes full advantage of the witty and cynical dialogue. Young Richard Cromwell on the other hand makes very little impression until the final scenes of the picture. The British institution that is C. Aubrey Smith, makes a wonderful patriotic speech from under his formidably bristling eyebrows that brings the house down.

The story-line is pretty standard stuff, three heroes in the face of overwhelming odds fight to uphold British dominance on the Indian Frontier. The strength of the film lies in the characterizations of the leads and the incredible settings and action sequences. A good deal of first rate horsemanship is also in evidence as we are treated to a full Lancer charge and scenes of tent pegging and pig sticking. The final battle is a glorious and exciting sequence that modern film makers would learn a great deal from. The script does have its goofy moments in the later torture sequences as we are treated to lines like "We have ways of making men talk" and are shown the old bamboo under the fingernails bit, but even the cliches seem fitting.

If grand adventure with an emphasis on style is your idea of a good time, you'd be hard put to find a better example than this film!

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