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The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 20 October 1936 (USA)
A major countermands orders and attacks to avenge a previous massacre of men, women, and children.

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Elsa Campbell (as Olivia De Havilland)
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Sir Benjamin Warrenton
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G.P. Huntley ...
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Count Igor Volonoff
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Subadar-Major Puran Singh (as J. Carroll Naish)
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Cornet Barclay
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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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A Carga da Brigada Ligeira  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Although the early scenes in the fictional country of Suristan have often been described as irrelevant to the story, they could be seen as part of the "Great Game" that was fought for nearly a century between the British and Russian empires for control in the Middle East. See more »

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A single shot kills Randall. How is it that this was not heard by anyone, or reported to Vickers or the Colonel? 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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Opening credits: This production has its basis in history. The historical basis, however, has been fictionized for the purposes of this picture and the names of many characters, many characters themselves, the story, incidents and institutions, are fictitious. With the exception of known historical characters, whose actual names are herein used, no identification with actual persons, living or dead, is intended or should be inferred. See more »

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Referenced in Have You Got Any Castles? (1938) See more »

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God Save the Tsar
(1833) (uncredited)
(Russian national anthem, 1833-1917)
Music by Alexis Lvov
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It really was "Bring on the Empty Horses"
21 June 2006 | by (Adelaide Australia) – See all my reviews

Director Michael Curtiz went all out in this 1936 version of "The Charge of the Light Brigade", and considering the era, he made a darn good job of it - sure, he threw history out of the window, and created a very fictitious story, but when it came to the actual Charge, it was a masterpiece of staging and direction. He was aided by that great pair

  • Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland (lovely as usual!) who kept the
interest all the way through. The supporting cast was really star-studded, with Donald Crisp, Henry Stephenson, Nigel Bruce and Spring Byington, and in a very early role in his career, David Niven. If you had to pinpoint a weak link, it was Patric Knowles as Flynn's brother. But all that aside, it is a couple of hours of excitement and sheer entertainment while waiting for the Charge and what is going to happen to the nasty Surat Khan!! The remakes since, while having the benefits of far greater technical tools, falls way short of this epic.


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