King of the Khyber Rifles (1953)

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A half-caste British officer in 19th-century India battles the prejudices of both his Army colleagues and the local populace while trying to help put down a rebellion led by a greedy local ruler.



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Cast overview:
Capt. Alan King
Susan Maitland
Brig. Gen. J. R. Maitland
John Justin ...
Lt. Geoffrey Heath
Karram Khan
Richard Wyler ...
Lt. Ben Baird (as Richard Stapley)
Murray Matheson ...
Maj. Ian MacAllister
Ali Nur (as Frank de Kova)
Sujata Rubener ...
Native Dancer (as Sujata)


Freshly arrived Sandhurst-trained Captain Alan King, better versed in Pashtun then any of the veterans and born locally as army brat, survives an attack on his escort to his Northwest Frontier province garrison near the Khyber pass because of Ahmed, a native Afridi deserter from the Muslim fanatic rebel Karram Khan's forces. As soon as his fellow officers learn his mother was a native Muslim which got his parents disowned even by their own families, he falls prey to stubborn prejudiced discrimination, Lieutenant Geoffrey Heath even moves out of their quarters, except from half-Irish Lt. Ben Baird. Brigadier general J. R. Maitland, whose policy is full equality among whites, learns King knew Kurrum Khan as a boy and charges him with training and commanding native cavalry, which comes along fine. The general's egalitarian daughter Susan Maitland takes a fancy to King, even falls in love but the general decides to send her safely home to England after a kidnapped attempt when King saved ... Written by KGF Vissers

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GREAT ADVENTURE OF INDIA! (original print ad - all caps)


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Release Date:

22 December 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Capitaine King  »

Box Office


$2,190,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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This was Twentieth Century-Fox's fourth CinemaScope production. See more »


Captain King's pocket watch contains photographic images of his parents (~12:00) which must predate their stated 1833 date of death. The earliest known photograph of a person by Daguerre is from 1838 and were all exposed onto metallic silver plates. See more »


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An excellent adventure film
13 November 1998 | by (Chapel Hill, USA) – See all my reviews

This film is an excellent adventure film. Tyrone Power was a good actor - always entertaining and full of charm. Sadly this film is NEVER shown on TV and is not available on video - this is nothing short of being a scandal!!! Although this is not Power at his best, it is worth seeing, and certainly worthy of a place in my video collection. Smarten up 20th Century Fox and find this film before it decays to dust - or has this happened already?

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