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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:
A Man's Story... That Women Love! 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)
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nearly forgotten today See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Lt. Alan McGregor

Franchot Tone ... Lt. John Forsythe
Richard Cromwell ... Lt. Donald 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 Sir Thomas 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)
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
E. 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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109 min
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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The novel on which this film was based was set in 1905 during the Edwardian era.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When McGregor falls with the torch, it is at first in front of him, but then behind.See more »
Quotes:
Lieutenant Alan McGregor:I suppose if it were your son, you'd sit here too, like a dummy.
Major Hamilton:No, I should probably ordered the regiment out. But that's because I'm not the man the Colonel is. Nor the soldier.
Lieutenant Alan McGregor:Well, if that's what you call being a man, or a soldier, I don't want any part of it.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Scent of a Woman (1992)See more »
Soundtrack:
God Save the King!See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
nearly forgotten today, 30 August 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Directed by Henry Hathaway, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer from 1935 is an excellent film that today is not as well-known as films like Beau Geste and Gunga Din.

The film stars Gary Cooper, Franchot Tone, Richard Cromwell, Guy Standing, C. Aubrey Smith, and Douglas Dumbrille.

The story takes place in India, in the northwest frontier. The 41st Bengal Lancers have had casualties due to a rebel leader, Mohammed Khan. Replacements for the lost men appear: Lt. Forsythe (Tone) and Donald Stone (Richard Cromwell), the son of the head of the Lancers, Colonel Stone. Lt. Alan McGregor (Cooper) rooms with them, due to the fact that he's usually in trouble. Forsythe loves singing "Mother Macree" and pushing McGregor's buttons; but McGregor bonds with the young Stone. Eventually all three become friends.

When Stone's son is kidnapped by Mohammed Khan, McGregor and Forsythe want to go after him, but Stone forbids it. The two men dress as Indians and go to Khan's base to rescue Stone.

Rousing film with plenty of action, which was one of Hathaway's specialties, with all locations in California but under the hot sun, it could be India. This is the movie where the famous line "We have ways of making you talk" comes from, except that's not the line, it's "We have ways of making men talk" - somehow these famous lines are never exact.

Gary Cooper is excellent -- gorgeous as usual, energetic, and passionate. I just saw him in "Ten North Fredrick" so it was a delight to see him in this, 23 years earlier, so young and strong. Tone, who replaced Henry Wilcoxin is very good, and baby-faced Richard Cromwell is right for his role as a kid who wants to be treated like one of the Lancers and not have any special privileges. Cromwell was married to Angela Lansbury for five minutes or so, and was in and out of films, working ultimately as an artist.

Lots of action and adventure - hard to know why it isn't appreciated today because the characters are strong, with real relationships and good dialogue. I think I know why - Gunga Din is a George Stevens' film, and Beau Geste was directed by William Wellman. Since Hathaway isn't considered a director in that league, I have a feeling this film is often passed over. It's a shame; it deserves rediscovery.

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