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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Catherine Wyatt
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Van Leyden
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Lady Windham
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Sir John Windham
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Brigadier Ames
Govind Raja Ross ...
Basil Hoskins ...
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S.M. Asgaralli ...
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S.S. Chowdhary ...
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Moultrie Kelsall ...
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Lionel Murton ...
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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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Two people trapped by fate. In a country with no destiny.

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20 November 1959 (Ireland)  »

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Flame Over India  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the train in this movie was the 'Empress of India'. This was also one of this film's three English alternate titles, the title used for the film's theatrical release in Australia. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 24 mins) During the conversation on the train, the background scenery is moving giving the impression the train is going backward, i.e. the engine was pushing the carriage from the back. In other scenes it was shown the engine was pulling the train from the front. See more »

Quotes

Bridie: It seems a bit extreme to me locking him up like that, after all what can he do?
Catherine Wyatt: The idea of locking him up is so that we don't have to find out what he can do, Mr. Bridie.
Bridie: I don't suppose he's even got anything to read.
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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 »

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The Eton Boating Song
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Music by Algernon Drummond and lyrics by William Johnson
Sung by Kenneth More and heard as a theme
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10 June 2002 | by (Yorkshire, England) – See all my reviews

Yes this is British Cinema at it`s best, a rousing Northwest Frontier picture with all the right ingredients, lots of 'goodies', a real 'baddie', and a dashing hero, with a fiesty female lead in the form of Lauren Bacall.

Things do pile up on the characters in the old train as it goes from place to place in an effort to save a young Prince, but things never go over the top, and the acting is first rate, as well as the direction.

Do try and see the full version, some TV companies show a cut down version and you do loose important points.

Kenneth More is as always top rate, also note worthy is I.S.Johor as the train driver, Wilfred Hyde White as the British Diplomat, and Herbert Lom as as bad a baddie as l have ever seen him....


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