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Retired British general Brunswick reminisces about the days when he was a colonel in charge of a British Army battalion fighting against native rebels in colonial India during the late 1800s.His fondest memories are of his second in command officer,captain Pindenny,as well as of his three most unruly and undisciplined soldiers,privates Archibald Ackroyd,Bill Sykes and Dennis Malloy.The three undisciplined privates are colonel Brunswick's best soldiers and also his biggest headaches.They are responsible for most of colonel's gray hairs but also for his most memorable funny moments during their 18 year military career together.When a new battalion commander,colonel Groat,arrives to take charge of the battalion,the retiring colonel Brunswick becomes resentful and unruly himself,just like the three unruly soldiers under his command.Given the traditional mutual dislike between various branches of the armed services it doesn't help that colonel Brunswick and his unit are infantry and the ...Written by
Based on another Rudyard Kipling story, the parallels between this and the better known Gunga Din film are too obvious to ignore. Once again Kipling has three protagonists soldiers as heroes who are three of the most undisciplined soldiers in the Indian army. But are three of the best fighters. Unlike Gunga Din where the heroes are sergeants, these three guys are from the ranks and have been there for many years.
Stewart Granger, Cyril Cusack, and Robert Newton are our three privates and they get into all kinds of jackpots. Their colonel is Walter Pidgeon and this whole film is a flashback offered at a club by retired General Pidgeon. After one incident too many he and his adjutant David Niven have the idea to promote one of them to break up the team. It works to some degree.
But when Cusack and Newton and many more of their comrades get into a nasty jackpot trying to capture a rebel tribe leader the old team comes together. In fact the rescue of the group by Granger bears a lot of similarity to the climax of Gunga Din. Only this one is played for far more laughs.
This military comedy cried for the rough house traditions set by John Ford. Although director Tay Garnett did any number of good action films, the whole military tradition and the comedy would have really been perfected had Ford been at the helm. Irishman Ford did quite well with the British army in India with Wee Willie Winkie.
Still Soldiers Three is worthwhile if you're a fan of the three leads.
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