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The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

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A major countermands orders and attacks to revenge a previous massacre of men, women and children.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Major Geoffrey Vickers
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Elsa Campbell (as Olivia De Havilland)
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Captain Perry Vickers
Henry Stephenson ...
Sir Charles Macefield
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Sir Benjamin Warrenton
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Colonel Campbell
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Captain Randall
C. Henry Gordon ...
Surat Khan
G.P. Huntley ...
Major Jowett (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
Robert Barrat ...
Count Igor Volonoff
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Lady Octavia Warrenton
E.E. Clive ...
Sir Humphrey Harcourt
J. Carrol Naish ...
Subahdar-Major Puran Singh (as J. Carroll Naish)
Walter Holbrook ...
Cornet Barclay
Princess Baba ...
Prema's Mother (as Princess Baigum)
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Major Vickers is an officer at the 27th Lancers in India 1856. When the regiment is on maneuver, the barracks are attacked by Surat Khan and his soldiers who massacre British women and children. This leaves an inextinguishable memory and Vickers promises to revenge the dead. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The reckless lancers sweep on and on - so that a woman's heart might not be broken! You're not fighting a single legion - you're fighting the entire British army, Surat Khan!


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20 October 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Carga da Brigada Ligeira  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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The second of nine movies made together by Warner Brothers' romantic couple Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn. See more »

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The film is dedicated to "The officers and men of the Light Brigade ... AD 1856." The charge actually took place in October 1854. See more »

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[first lines]
Sir Humphrey Harcourt: How do you fellows manage to look so comfortably, Vickers?
Maj. Geoffrey Vickers: We may look it Sir, but we're not. They say the first 40 years are about the hottest up here on the frontier, after that you get used to it.
Sir Humphrey Harcourt: Really?
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God Save the Tsar
(1833) (uncredited)
(Russian national anthem, 1833-1917)
Music by Alexis Lvov
In the score during the charge at Balaklava
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Entertaining, but Hell on the horses
28 May 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Warner Bros. and Michael Curtiz faced a real challenge with their 1936 epic The Charge of the Light Brigade: how to solve the problem of turning the biggest fiasco in British military history into a heroic adventure? Why, ignore history entirely and make it all up instead, of course! Unfortunately, it doesn't quite pull it off, because no matter how entertaining the first hundred minutes are, there's no getting around the stupidity of Donald Crisp's commanding officer or the criminal irresponsibility of Errol Flynn's actions in the last reel, no matter how 'noble' his intentions. Nor is it easy to accept the truly vicious horse falls in the final charge, no matter how spectacular the sequence, although at least the huge number of horses killed in the sequences (along with one stuntman) led to laws being passed to protect animals in films.

Despite the title, the film takes its lead from the previous year's The Lives of a Bengal Lancer and is more interested in revolting natives on the Indian frontier than it is in the Crimean War, with Flynn's dashing cavalry officer surprisingly losing Olivia De Havilland's hand to his brother Patric Knowles while failing to avert a massacre masterminded by C. Henry Gordon's treacherous Surat Khan. The Charge itself is here an act of revenge rather than a ghastly blunder, and is portrayed as the turning point in the war rather than a wasted heroic gesture. But then, when Tony Richardson offered a more historically accurate version in 1968, audiences stayed at home in droves, so the studio clearly knew what they were doing by going for romantic hokum, and darn entertaining hokum at that.


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