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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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Catherine Wyatt
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Van Leyden
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Bridie (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
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Lady Windham
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Sir John Windham
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Brigadier Ames
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Basil Hoskins ...
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S.M. Asgaralli ...
Havildar - 1st. Indian Soldier
Sam Chowdhary ...
2nd. Indian Soldier (as S.S. Chowdhary)
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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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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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Final film as a writer for Will Price. See more »

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In one shot near the end of the film, whilst the insurgents are attacking the train, the shadow of the camera helicopter is clearly visible on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Peters: Uhhh, Mrs. Wyatt, it is clear you do not understand the British mentality. While Van Leyden was a Dutch journalist, Mr. Bridie here diskiked him intensely, Ouuh... as soon as he discovered discovered he was a half breed, Bridie began... well... felt a certain sympathy for him... Now that you all suspect him of being an anti-British fanatic and maty be a murderer, Mr. Bridie will start crusading for him. He has become an underdog. and the British love underdogs.
Bridie: Hmmm, it's better than kicking ...
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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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A real ripping yarn!
30 April 2005 | by (Stockton, England) – See all my reviews

Based on a story by Patrick Ford, the son of the legendary John, 'North West Frontier' clearly owes a debt to Ford seniors classic 'Stagecoach' as a mixed group of travellers set out on a perilous journey. In its own way, 'North West Frontier' matches that Hollywood classic in quality. After a stunning opening twenty minutes where barely a line of dialogue is spoken, the movie lives up to the old cliché of "offering a roller-coaster ride of excitement", something which is much promised but seldom delivered.

Kenneth More is one of my favourite actors and he is wonderful in this. Perhaps his character lacks the neurotic edge that the late Sir John Mills brought to the directors earlier movie 'Ice Cold In Alex' (a movie which shares plot elements with this one), but instead More brings an air of honest decency to the part. The evocatively named "Captain Scott" is no super-hero, but simply an honest man trying to do a difficult job.

Lauren Bacall also gives a fine performance, in a role which could easily have been the film's weakest link as a token Hollywood 'big name' for the American market. While the likes of Lom and Hyde White fill their roles with practised ease as I. S Gupta steals every scene he is in.

At over two hours it is a long movie, yet the 129 minutes seem to fly by and I was genuinely sad to bid farewell to the passengers and crew of the 'Empress of India', while the 'Eaton Boating Song' played in my head for day afterwards.


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