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


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Release Date:

20 November 1959 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Flame Over India  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


'Variety' said that this movie was "reminiscent of the same director's Ice Cold in Alex (1958), with an ancient locomotive replacing the ambulance in that desert war story and with hordes of be-turbaned tribesmen substituting for the Nazi patrols." See more »


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 »


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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One of my all-time favorite movies
2 December 2004 | by (not stated) – See all my reviews

The movie opens in a way Hollywood could never do, just more dramatic and colourful than Hollywood does. This movie gave more back than I expected. It is a breathtaking, breathholding, exciting little movie. You feel like you are really there in India, on the rickety old train. I love that they used old machinery instead of making it unrealistic the way Hollywood might.

I was not expecting much from Lauren Bacall but she also gave back more than was required. Her scenes with the young Indian boy are touching. She obviously has a way with children in real life as well. The song Swing, Swing Together could make me weep, it's so wonderful. The movie is not well known but so well done. It's just a very well done one that everyone can enjoy. There are some questionable characters on the train, you are left wondering why this one is so twitchy, what is that one's secret?

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