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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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Catherine Wyatt
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Van Leyden
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Bridie (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
I.S. Johar ...
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Lady Windham
Eugene Deckers ...
Ian Hunter ...
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 (27) »

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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 old railway seen in this film was also used in the movies Red Sun (1971), The Long Duel (1967) and Seven Guns for the MacGregors (1966). See more »

Goofs

Most of the rifles carried by both the British/Indians, and the rebels, are the Lee-Enfield SMLE, which was only just being introduced at the time and so unlikely to be in such wide use. However, when Capt Scott cleans one with a pull-through on the train (just after handing one to Peters), with the bolt removed a bridge charger guide is visible, which identifies it as a Mark III, introduced in 1907. There are also a couple of No. 4 rifles visible used by rebels, much later versions (late 1930s) of the Enfield. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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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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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