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The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | February 1935 (Germany)
Three British soldiers on the Northwest Frontier of India struggle against the enemy - and themselves.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Waldemar Young (screen play), John L. Balderston (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Lt. Alan McGregor
Franchot Tone ... Lt. John Forsythe
Richard Cromwell ... Lt. Donald Stone
Guy Standing ... Col. Stone (as Sir Guy Standing)
C. Aubrey Smith ... Maj. Hamilton
Kathleen Burke ... Tania Volkanskaya
Douglass Dumbrille ... Mohammed Khan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Monte Blue ... Hamzulla Khan
Colin Tapley ... Lt. Barrett
Akim Tamiroff ... Emir
J. Carrol Naish ... Grand Vizier
Noble Johnson ... Ram Singh
Lumsden Hare ... Maj. Gen. Sir Thomas Woodley
Jameson Thomas ... Hendrickson
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Storyline

The 41st Bengal Lancers are stationed on the Northwest Frontier of British India, guarding against Afridi invaders led by wily Mohammed Khan. Experienced (though insubordinate) Lieut. McGregor is joined by two new arrivals, haughty Forsythe and callow Donald Stone...son of the commanding colonel. We follow the three through varied adventures and hardships. Will they uphold the honor of the regiment? Will Stone and the Colonel come to terms with their difficult relationship? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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1750 to 1! Always out-numbered! Never out-fought! These are the Bengal Lancers...heroes all...guarding each other's lives, sharing each other's tortures, fighting each other's battles... See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1935 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

More Lives of a Bengal Lancer See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Henry Wilcoxon was initially cast as Lt. Forsythe, but after reportedly being dissatisfied with the role, was replaced by Franchot Tone. The official reason for Wilcoxon's departure was that he had a scheduling conflict with The Crusades (1935). Four days of retakes with Tone were necessary (the sets for this film were reportedly retained and used with minor alterations for The Crusades (1935)). See more »

Goofs

When McGregor falls with the torch, it is at first in front of him, but then behind. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Forsythe: You don't like poetry?
Lieutenant Alan McGregor: How should I know? I never read any.
Lieutenant Forsythe: Perhaps something more rugged. "Ever the faith endures, England, my England, take and break us we're yours, England my own. Life is good, joy runs high, between English earth and sky. Death is death, and we shall die, to the song on your bugles blown, to the star on your bugles blown.
Lieutenant Forsythe: [pause] If I'd known I was gonna say all this I would have brought my violin!
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Connections

Featured in The Last Outpost (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Mother Machree
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Chauncey Olcott and Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Sung a cappella twice by Franchot Tone with modified lyrics
Played on a pungi by Franchot Tone several times
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Highly Entertaining
7 November 2005 | by SeanSee all my reviews

Gary Cooper stars as a professional soldier opposite Franchot Tone as the cocky one and Richard Cromwell as the wide eyed new recruit. Cromwell's father happens to be the commanding officer and that puts Cooper and Tone against Cromwell for the time being. Of course, the two main leads are also at odds and that makes for some interesting situations.

Henry Hathaway gave us his best work with Gary Cooper and this is their best collaboration. It's also Franchot Tone's best film and that's saying a lot when you look at his resume. He may be fairly unknown with today's audience, but the star of Five Graves to Cairo, Dangerous, and Mutiny on the Bounty is one of the best actors of the golden age of Hollywood.

Nothing beats Gary Cooper though, and this is his film. He's the main lead and he's the one you'll probably identify with the most. His noble character is something that we see all the time from him, but this is the role that started it all and that's why he plays it so well.

This very good adventure story will keep you on the edge of your seat during most of the film. It's especially harrowing in the climactic fight scene. I definitely recommend it to any fan of Gary Cooper and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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