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The Black Watch (1929)

Captain Donald King of the British Army goes to India just as World War I breaks out, convincing his comrades that he is a coward. In reality, he is on a secret mission to rescue British ... See full summary »

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

James Kevin McGuinness (dialogue), Talbot Mundy (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor McLaglen ... Capt. Donald Gordon King
Myrna Loy ... Yasmani
David Torrence ... Field Marshal
David Rollins ... Lt. Malcolm King
Cyril Chadwick Cyril Chadwick ... Maj. Twynes
Lumsden Hare ... Colonel of the Black Watch
Roy D'Arcy ... Rewa Ghunga
David Percy David Percy ... Soloist - Black Watch Officer
Mitchell Lewis ... Mohammed Khan
Claude King ... General in India (as Claud King)
Walter Long ... Harrim Bey
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Storyline

Captain Donald King of the British Army goes to India just as World War I breaks out, convincing his comrades that he is a coward. In reality, he is on a secret mission to rescue British soldiers held prisoner there. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

THE CHARACTERS ACTUALLY LIVE. (Print Ad- Auckland Star, ((Auckland, NZ)) 7 September 1929)

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King of the Khyber Rifles See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$800,000, 31 December 1929
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Movietone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

John Wayne, then known as Marion "Duke" Morrison worked as a prop boy on this film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood: End of an Era (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Home Sweet Home (There's No Place Like Home)
(uncredited)
Music by H.R. Bishop
Played by buskers as King arrives in Whitehall
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Secret mission
15 August 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Is it because it's the beginning of the talkies that both McLaglen's and Myrna Loy's playing are almost ridiculous ?One should forgive the actress for her part of an Indian Joan Of Ark -but a maid who is fond of men,we are told- is not exactly what you call the part of her life.All that takes place in a pasteboard India looks like a poor man's "lifes of a Bengal Lancer"(which would appear six years later):even two names (Mohammed Khan and McGregor) are used in both movies.

On the other hand ,all that takes place in Scotland shows John Ford's touch :the manly camaraderie, the brothers in arm singing "Auld Lang Syne" before leaving for France (WW1),the officer wrongly accused of cowardice -his superior warns him:"you will be a pariah"-;and more prosaically ,the missus ' piece of advice to the private about his privates and the soldier confessing later that at least at war he was left alone.

The scene of the crystal ball almost predates the one in Mankiewicz's "Cleopatra" when Julius Cesar is murdered.


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