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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
Nigel Bruce ...
Sir Benjamin Warrenton
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Colonel Campbell
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Captain James 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 Charles 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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lancer | india | attack | massacre | russia | See more »

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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)  »

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The Charge of the Light Brigade  »

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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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In the first ambush scene, some individuals on both sides were armed with single shot Sharps Carbines, which were American made and didn't exist at that time. 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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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Errol Flynn (1961) See more »

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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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The usual polished and impeccable Warner Brothers production values as well as their usual disdain for history!
2 January 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the mid 1930s and well into the 40s, Warner Brothers made many fine films starring Errol Flynn that were very high on production values and fun but also of dubious historical value. While historically speaking this is not the worst of the lot (that honor goes to SANTA FE TRAIL), this film doesn't seem to have a lot to do with the Tennyson poem or the Crimean War and in fact, much of the movie is set around the same region of the world as GUNGA DIN--around Pakistan or Afghanistan. So, assuming you aren't looking for a history lesson, the film is packed full of excellent acting, sets and fast-paced fun. Part of the reason I particularly liked it was because it teamed Errol Flynn with Olivia de Havilland--a wonderful combination that began with CAPTAIN BLOOD and lasted for seven films. So, if you like this film, check out all their other films together--especially CAPTAIN BLOOD and THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD. Their chemistry was always excellent and it is further enhanced by such wonderful supporting actors as Henry Stephenson, Nigel Bruce, Donald Crisp and David Niven.


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