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Soldiers Three (1951)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, War | April 1951 (USA)
Retired British general Brunswick reminisces about the days when he was a colonel in charge of a British Army battalion fighting against native rebels in colonial India during the late 1800s.

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Pvt. Archibald Ackroyd
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Col. Brunswick
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Capt. Pindenny
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Pvt. Bill Sykes
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Pvt. Dennis Malloy
Greta Gynt ...
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Frank Allenby ...
Col. Groat
Robert Coote ...
Maj. Mercer
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Sgt.Murphy
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Manik Rao
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Govind-Lal
Patrick Whyte ...
Major
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Cabaret woman (as Movita Castenada)
Harry Lang ...
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Retired British general Brunswick reminisces about the days when he was a colonel in charge of a British Army battalion fighting against native rebels in colonial India during the late 1800s.His fondest memories are of his second in command officer,captain Pindenny,as well as of his three most unruly and undisciplined soldiers,privates Archibald Ackroyd,Bill Sykes and Dennis Malloy.The three undisciplined privates are colonel Brunswick's best soldiers and also his biggest headaches.They are responsible for most of colonel's gray hairs but also for his most memorable funny moments during their 18 year military career together.When a new battalion commander,colonel Groat,arrives to take charge of the battalion,the retiring colonel Brunswick becomes resentful and unruly himself,just like the three unruly soldiers under his command.Given the traditional mutual dislike between various branches of the armed services it doesn't help that colonel Brunswick and his unit are infantry and the ... Written by nufs68

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Adventure | Comedy | War

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Walter Pidgeon, who plays Colonel Brunswick, was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. See more »

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Col. Brunswick: I've heard it all Pindenny. I've heard it ten times, and it's no use. It always ends up the same way - you turn up with the patrol in lady's pink silk underwear!
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Featured in The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1951) See more »

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Lazy MGM facsimile of Gunga Din
9 September 2006 | by (BC) – See all my reviews

The cast tries hard to make a go of this entry into the British Raj in India genre, a genre which is still far and away dominated by RKO's Gunga Din released in 1939. Mostly it's a futile effort. The film comes up short on many levels. The screenplay isn't in the same league as the RKO classic and Stewart Granger, Robert Newton and Cyril Cusack are a pale shadow of Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Granger forces the issue constantly, trying to ape Cary Grant's performance in Gunga Din and it comes off primarily grating though he does have a few amusing moments.

The humor between the three is passable enough but Newton and Cusack just don't offer much chemistry or star power, and the script rarely gives them anything to do but banter at Granger and each other and down pints. David Niven, wasted in the role of a superior officer, would have been way better served to have been cast as one of the threesome instead of Cusack. Walter Pigeon, too, gives one of his clunkiest performances as the Colonel, much consternated British bluster is attempted but fails to be very humorous or believable.

The best sequence in the film is the brawl in the tavern with the Scottish soldiers, which is very much reminiscent of Gunga Din's opening, and the battle at the end is well staged and action packed, it just takes about 70 mostly wasted minutes to get there.

Overall the picture is not unentertaining, it has its moments but it's barely half the adventure masterpiece Gunga Din is.


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