Storm Over Bengal (1938)

Passed  |   |  Action, Adventure, Romance  |  14 November 1938 (USA)
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In British India a local rajah, a British ally, is dying and his subordinates plan to drive out the British once he's gone. A newly married British officer is dispatched to ensure that doesn't happen.



(original screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


Cast overview:
Richard Cromwell ...
Lt. Neil Allison
Joan Lattimore
Ramin Khan
Colin Tapley ...
Gilbert Emery ...
Colonel Torrance
Douglas Walton ...
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Sir John Galt
John Burton ...
Clyde Cook ...
Claud Allister ...
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Abdul Mir
Edward Van Sloan ...
Maharajah of Lhanapur


Rahman Khan (Douglas Dumbrille'), leader of the hill tribes, has been inciting rebellion against the British Army. Joan Latimer (Rochelle Hudson), recently arrived from England, is on her way to Fort Draga to marry Captain Jeffrey Allison (Patric Knowles), a hero in the British Army in India. Escorting Joan is Jeffrey's younger brother Neil Allison (Richard Cromwell), who has fallen in love with Joan, a hopeless attachment made more intense by the bitterness he feels toward his brother who has always been held up to him as a fine example to follow. Before Jeffrey and Joan can be married, Rahman Khan strikes and he is sent on a dangerous mission. He and his brother quarrel before he leaves, and Joan has told Neil that not even Jeffrey's death would change her attitude and that Neil's continued declarations of love for her are distasteful. Written by Les Adams <>

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A PARORAMIC DRAMA OF INDIA - Land of Intrigue, Romance and Adventure! (original poster) See more »


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14 November 1938 (USA)  »

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Storm over Bengalen  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Competent "B" actioner set in British controlled India

This is a typical Republic Studios actioner, filmed in the Hollywood hills and looking for all the world like a Western that just happens to take place in India. The plot is simple. The Maharajah is dying and wicked underlings plot to overthrow the British Raj once he dies. Patric Knowles plays the dashing spy lead, Jeffrey Allison, who must put new bride aside to save British India. Richard Cromwell plays his brother who is secretly in love with his brother's fiancee. Cromwell has a habit of rushing to the rescue in airplanes that crash (in Marie Dressler's EMMA he did the same); he could never act and manages to prove that point over and over. Rochelle Hudson is pretty and pert as the love interest and the action is typical of its day. The score is competent for a B actioner but did not deserve its Academy Award nomination (these were the days when any studio could submit a film in the sonic categories (Sound, Song, Score, Scoring) and be guaranteed an Oscar nom, deserving or not). Although the official running time is 65 minutes, the prints I've seen have all have been 53 minutes. This is strictly for those who like the genre.

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