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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
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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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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

The film was originally set entirely in India, but the Crimean War was added due to fears by Warner Brothers that the story was too similar to Paramount's The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935). See more »

Goofs

Before the siege on Chukoti, Major Vickers points out to Colonel Campbell that England is about to go to war with Russia. The Crimean War started in 1853. However, near the beginning of the movie, screen text about Calcutta says that the year is 1854. 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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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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