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Release Date:
22 December 1953 (USA) See more »
GREAT ADVENTURE OF INDIA! (original print ad - all caps)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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In the Desert no-one can hear you scream! See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order)

Tyrone Power ... Capt. Alan King

Terry Moore ... Susan Maitland

Michael Rennie ... Brig. Gen. J. R. Maitland
John Justin ... Lt. Geoffrey Heath

Guy Rolfe ... Karram Khan
Richard Wyler ... Lt. Ben Baird (as Richard Stapley)

Murray Matheson ... Maj. Ian MacAllister

Frank DeKova ... Ali Nur (as Frank de Kova)

Argentina Brunetti ... Lali
Sujata Rubener ... Native Dancer (as Sujata)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohinder Bedi ... Servant (uncredited)
Dorothy Bonnefin ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Jimmie Booth ... Afridi Horseman (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Afridi Horseman (uncredited)
Maurice Colbourne ... Hamid Bahri (uncredited)
David Cota ... Singer (uncredited)
Tom Cound ... Capt. Rogers (uncredited)
Karam Dhaliwal ... Pal-Singh (uncredited)

John Farrow ... Cpl. Stuart (uncredited)
Naji Gabbay ... Servant (uncredited)
Yeghishe Harout ... Tribal Chieftain (uncredited)
Ramsay Hill ... Cavalry Officer (uncredited)
Aram Katcher ... Napur (uncredited)
George Keymas ... Afridi Horseman (uncredited)
Hassan Khayyam ... Mullah (uncredited)
George Khoury ... Afridi Horseman (uncredited)

Frank Lackteen ... Ahmed (uncredited)
Alan Lee ... Ishmael, Gen. Maitland's punkawallah (uncredited)
Lal Chand Mehra ... Tribal Chieftain (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Rahim Bey (uncredited)
Gavin Muir ... Maj. Lee, doctor (uncredited)
Richard Peel ... Sgt. Fowler (uncredited)
Joe Sawaya ... Tribal Chieftain (uncredited)
Gilchrist Stuart ... Officer of the Week (uncredited)
Aly Wassil ... Raschild (uncredited)
Patrick Whyte ... Lt. White (uncredited)

Billy Wilkerson ... Afridi Horseman (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry King 
Writing credits
Ivan Goff (screenplay) and
Ben Roberts (screenplay)

Harry Kleiner (story)

Talbot Mundy (novel)

Produced by
Frank P. Rosenberg .... producer
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Barbara McLean 
Art Direction by
Maurice Ransford 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox 
Fred J. Rode 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Weinberger .... assistant director
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
Etter D'Orazio .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bob Weatherford .... sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Leonard Doss .... technicolor color consultant
Asoka Rubener .... choreographer (as Asoka)
Ramsay Hill .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Stephen Papich .... dance director (uncredited)
Patrick Whyte .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
100 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 (re-release) | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #16694) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Tyrone Power was widely considered too old for his character, as well as unconvincing as an officer in the British army.See more »
Continuity: 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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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
In the Desert no-one can hear you scream!, 4 April 2002
Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado

I agree with a few other reviewers here - why the hell does this never show up on TV, cable or even old video warehouses? I have seen it but once, in London the week of its initial release almost 50 years ago. I was 7. Thing is, I remember it perfectly, way better than SHOWTIME and I only saw THAT yesterday!

Top desert caper that was all audiences wanted to see in the 50's. No-one swashbuckled better than Tyrone Power during this period and KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES was a handsome production, especially on the gigantic CINEMASCOPE screen. Directed by action-specialist Henry King, who worked with Power in almost a dozen movies, the story was that of half-caste British soldier Alan King (Power) who had to battle not only Army etiquette but a rampaging uprising around the Khyber Pass! The well remembered image from this flick was the spearing of the helpless British soldiers at the stake. Power of course, gaining a last minute reprieve so he could complete the movie, take down the villains and win the girl.

Good supporting cast, Michael Rennie in particular cutting an impressive figure as Brigadier Maitland whose stiff upper lip was stiffer than most!

Good companion piece to this was ZARAK (Also reviewed somewhere!)

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