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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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A news item in "Daily Variety" on April 24, 1935, states that the film had been banned by Chinese censors because it "depicts the British downtrodding of Oriental races." According to a "Hollywood Reporter" news item, despite the Chinese censors' fear that the film would have a negative effect on Muslims, it was passed for exhibition in late January 1936. See more »

Goofs

During the final battle, Khan's men form a defensive line, and several who are killed are not seen in later shots. See more »

Quotes

Major Hamilton: [the men are arguing over Col. Stone's refusal to disobey orders in order to go after his captured son] He'll have nothing, if his boy doesn't carry on in this regiment.
Lieutenant Forsythe: Then he'd have everything?
Major Hamilton: Of course he would! That's what it means to him. But d'you think he'd let that make any difference to his orders, to his job?
Lieutenant Alan McGregor: Well, why shouldn't it? Why can't he be a little less of a soldier and more of a man? Why can't he forget his blasted duty for once?
Major Hamilton: Man, you *are* blind! Have you never thought...
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Edited into Ahen senso (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Pomp and Circumstance
(1901) (uncredited)
Music by Edward Elgar
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from the other world
29 August 2014 | by ArmandSee all my reviews

exotic, romantic, useful for discover the old virtues and conventional India, mixture of drama, humor and noble intentions/ gestures, with a legendary cast, it is a great show. maybe , a perfect one. the old scent is its great virtue. than - the story, impeccable in each detail. and the inspired image about duty and honor. it is an useful film. not only for acting or for the heroic scenes but for the grace to do a good job who has the opportunity to seems be remarkable. because each detail, the dialog, the same ingredients for Middle East policy are impressive. a film with taste of event for many viewers. for the status of piece from a precious lost world.


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