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Thunder in the East (1951)

Approved | | Drama, War | 5 December 1952 (West Germany)
In 1947, in an independent India, Europeans are scrambling to evacuate Ghandahar which is besieged by a local warlord but sought-after by an American arms dealer.

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Steve Gibbs
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Joan Willoughby
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Prime Minister Singh
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Lizette Damon
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Dr. Willoughby
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Moti Lal (as Mark Cavell)
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Nitra Puta
Philip Bourneuf ...
Newah Khan
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Charles Lung ...
Maharajah (as Charlie Lung)
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Dr. Paling
Nelson Welch ...
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During India's first years of independence from Britain, Steve Gibbs lands his armaments loaded plane in Ghandahar province hoping to get rich. Pacifist Prime Minister Singh hopes to reach an agreement with guerilla leader Khan, the maharajah is a fool, and the British residents are living in the past. Steve's love interest is Joan Willoughby, the blind daughter of a parson. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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TRAPPED...in revolt-riddled Ghandahar!

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The Rage of the Vulture  »

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Cinematographer John F. Seitz was replaced after two weeks by Lee Garmes. See more »

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Referenced in Éden (2011) See more »

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A neat,if politically loaded thriller
26 April 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Thunder in the East is set in 1947 India ,immediately after being granted independence by Britain ,and in particular events are centred on the state of Ghandahar which is being menaced by brigands,well armed and with a political agenda. The Maharajah of the state is a dilettante playboy ,and his main adviser,played by a blacked up Charles Boyer,is a pacifist who will not countenance using force to resist the incursions of the brigands. Thus when arms entrepreneur Alan Ladd seeks to sell him guns and munitions to resist the enemies of the state he refuses and impounds the cargo.Ladd's existence is further complicated by his falling in love with Deborah Kerr,a blind British woman .who is caught up in the fate of the British community which is particularly under threat from the rebels. Things build to a final siege of the main hotel where the British dig in to resist Performances are okay although white actors blacked up now seems embarrassing ,and there is a touch of Casablanca about the storyline -cynical hero falling in love with an idealistic woman;contending political forces and a smarmy villain.Its nowhere near as good since script and cast are inferior .

Not bad but too stolid to be exceptional.


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