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North West Frontier (1959)

 |  Adventure, Drama  |  1960 (Belgium)
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In British India, a young prince must be taken to safey across rebel-held territory, and an old train is the only way to do it.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Wyatt
Van Leyden
Bridie (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
I.S. Johar ...
Lady Windham
Eugene Deckers ...
Sir John Windham
Brigadier Ames
Govind Raja Ross ...
Basil Hoskins ...
S.M. Asgaralli ...
Havildar(1st. Indian Soldier)
S.S. Chowdhary ...
2nd. Indian Soldier
Moultrie Kelsall ...
Brittish Correspondent
Lionel Murton ...
American Correspondent


In northwestern India soon after the turn of the 20th Century, Moslem rebels seek to kill a six-year-old Hindu prince to end his family line. Captain Scott of the British Army is ordered to get the prince out of the region safely. Adventure ensues as Scott sneaks the child away, through Moslem-held territory, by train. Also on board are the boy's American governess, an arms merchant, a cynical reporter, and two upper class Britons. Written by George S. Davis <>

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prince | train | india | hindu | muslim | See All (44) »


Two people trapped by fate.In a country with no destiny.


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Release Date:

1960 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Flame Over India  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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'Time Out' called this picture "the British equivalent of a Western". See more »


In one shot near the end of the film, while the insurgents are attacking the train, the shadow of the camera helicopter is clearly visible on the ground. See more »


Captain Scott: You're the first American woman I've met. Are they all like you?
Catherine Wyatt: Why? How do I seem?
Captain Scott: Well, shall we say a little bit more independent than most?
Catherine Wyatt: Is that the tactful English way of saying you think I'm pig-headed?
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Crazy Credits

The American release, entitled "Flame Over India", gives Lauren Bacall top billing. The British release, which is entitled "North West Frontier" and is the one on DVD, gives Kenneth More, a popular star in England, top billing. See more »


The Eton Boating Song
Music by Algernon Drummond and lyrics by William Johnson
Sung by Kenneth More and heard as a theme
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Great movie especially for the oldsters!
7 October 2003 | by (Christchurch, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I like this film not only for the excellent acting by its stars but for its robust, no-nonsense stance on sensitive issues like imperialism and religious conflict. Kenneth More plays the likeable, plucky brit whose stiff upper lip and business-like approach to solving problems is an example to us all. Lauren Bacall is her usual enchanting self, but my highest praise for character acting goes to I S Johar (Gupta). He brings copious helpings of humour to the film as an antidote to Lom's dark and sombre broodings. 10 out of 10.

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