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North West Frontier (1959)

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

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Catherine Wyatt
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Van Leyden
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Bridie (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
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Lady Windham
Eugene Deckers ...
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Sir John Windham
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Brigadier Ames
Govind Raja Ross ...
Basil Hoskins ...
A.D.C.
S.M. Asgaralli ...
Havildar(1st. Indian Soldier)
S.S. Chowdhary ...
2nd. Indian Soldier
Moultrie Kelsall ...
Brittish Correspondent
Lionel Murton ...
American Correspondent
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Storyline

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 <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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

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

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Adventure | Drama

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1960 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Flame Over India  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The book that Van Leyden (Herbert Lom) reads in the film was historian Edward Gibbon's 'Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire' (1776), likely intended as his wishful thinking that the British Empire was approaching its end. See more »

Goofs

The movie takes place in India in the early 20th century, but 1950s British trains can be seen in the background through the locomotive cab windows at various times. (Some cab-interior shots were done on a studio set with stock background footage.) See more »

Quotes

Catherine Wyatt: Are you sure about Mr. Van Layden? I mean, won't you get into a lot of trouble if you're wrong?
Captain Scott: Wouldn't you like to see me drummed out of my regiment? Paraded before the troops? Medals torn off my manly bosom? I used to think that would be just your cup of tea.
Catherine Wyatt: They don't really do all that, do they?
Captain Scott: Well, of course they do! And my best friend calls on me in my quarters, hands me a loaded revolver and says, "Carruthers, its the only way out for a gentleman."
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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 »

Soundtracks

The Eton Boating Song
(uncredited)
Music by Algernon Drummond and lyrics by William Johnson
Sung by Kenneth More and heard as a theme
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A Pleasant Surprise
9 February 2000 | by (Montreal, Quebec) – See all my reviews

I taped this movie simply because it co-starred Lauren Bacall, and while I expected the movie to be good, it far exceeded my expectations. North West Frontier, is a terrifically paced, exciting adventure. Bacall co-stars as a governess who must escort a young heir to the Hindu throne through a cross country Indian battlefield. Helping her to do this is a British solider and a random assortment of civilians along for the ride. Herbert Lom is wonderfully creepy - but I won't say why. Definately a movie to check out.


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