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The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 20 October 1936 (USA)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
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Surat Khan
G.P. Huntley ...
Major Jowett (as G. P. Huntley Jr.)
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Count Igor Volonoff
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Lady Octavia Warrenton
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Sir Humphrey Harcourt
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Subahdar-Major Puran Singh (as J. Carroll Naish)
Walter Holbrook ...
Cornet Barclay
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Prema's Mother (as Princess Baigum)
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Storyline

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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Trivia

During the filming of the charge sequence, a stuntman was killed when he fell off his horse and landed on a broken sword that was lying on the battlefield. It was unfortunately wedged in such a position that its blade was sticking straight up and the stuntman landed directly on top of it. There was a rumor that another stuntman came back from lunch drunk and during the charge slid off his horse and died when he broke his neck in the fall, but that has never been confirmed. See more »

Goofs

The Battle of Balaclava (Balaklava) did not result in the fall of Sebastopol, as is erroneously stated in the film. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

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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Remade as The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Into the Valley of Death Rode the Six Hundred
11 March 2003 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

The premise of this movie is based on the epic poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Historic inaccuracies abound but this isn't the History Channel, so what the hell. Enjoy it for what it is.....if you are an Anglophile, the poem and the film will bring a tear to eye.

Errol Flynn is dashing as the hero and is surrounded by a great cast. Especially good in support are C. Henry Gordon, Donald Crisp, Henry Stephenson and yes, even Patric Knowles. But make no mistake, Flynn is the star. The love triangle among Flynn, Olivia DeHavilland and Knowles is secondary to what everyone is waiting for.....the suicide charge on the Balaklava Heights.

And what a charge it is! Under the second unit direction of B. Reaves "Breezy" Eason, it is as realistic as any battle in modern movie making. It can be tough to watch, knowing that men and animals were injured or killed during its making. But if you can get by that, you'll be cheering the Light Brigade as they thunder forward with the Union Jack flying.

(It is said that this is the film in which director Michael Curtiz, the master of malaprops and non sequitars said "Bring on the empty horses".)

To quote Tennyson:

"Boldly they rode and well,

Into the jaws of Death,

Into the mouth of Hell

Rode the six hundred"

So watch this rousing film and throw aside any knowledge that you may have about the Crimean War or the abilities of Lords Lucan and Cardigan.....it doesn't count here....just enjoy!


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