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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.



(adapted from a screenplay by) (as Frank Nugent), (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Wyatt
Van Leyden
Bridie (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Lady Windham
Sir John Windham
Brigadier Ames
Govind Raja Ross ...
Basil Hoskins ...
S.M. Asgaralli ...
Havildar - 1st. Indian Soldier
Sam Chowdhary ...
2nd. Indian Soldier (as S.S. Chowdhary)
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 <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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


Adventure | Drama


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Release Date:

20 November 1959 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Flame Over India  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


"DVD Talk" said of this film that it " . . . has a lot in common with John Ford's Stagecoach (1939) in that it's essentially a tale of a motley mix of Anglos confined in a train car, racing across an Indian plain trying to evade "bloodthirsty savages". It may be a blatant reworking of Stagecoach (1939) as the original story was co-written by John Ford's son Patrick Ford and Maureen O'Hara's husband Will Price. The final screenplay was adapted from a script by screenwriter Frank S. Nugent, the writer of 11 Ford films." See more »


(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 »


Catherine Wyatt: The British never seem to do anthing until they've had a cup of tea, By which time it's too late,
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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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Excellent Film with timely themes interwoven.
19 February 2003 | by (Omaha NE USA) – See all my reviews

Just one heck of a fun film with a nice bit of writing in the script. The theme of the British being stuck between two fighting groups of people, Hindus and Islamic is so right for the times now (Feb 2003). Then give Miss Bacall a decent part, with Wilfred Hyde Write and Herbert Lom and the rest of a wonderful group of character actors made my train ride across the Northwest frontier a most moving experience.

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