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Soldiers Three (1951)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, War | April 1951 (USA)
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.

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Tay Garnett
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stewart Granger ... Pvt. Archibald Ackroyd
Walter Pidgeon ... Col. Brunswick
David Niven ... Capt. Pindenny
Robert Newton ... Pvt. Bill Sykes
Cyril Cusack ... Pvt. Dennis Malloy
Greta Gynt ... Crenshaw
Frank Allenby Frank Allenby ... Col. Groat
Robert Coote ... Maj. Mercer
Dan O'Herlihy ... Sgt.Murphy
Michael Ansara ... Manik Rao
Richard Hale ... Govind-Lal
Patrick Whyte ... Major
Movita ... Cabaret woman (as Movita Castenada)
Harry Lang Harry Lang ... Shopkeepeer
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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 nufs68

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1800s | colonel | rebel | colonial | india | See All (27) »

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Rough, Tough and Riotous! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drei auf Abenteuer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,429,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,016,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,237,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Robert Newton plays Private Bill Sykes. He memorably played the Charles Dickens villain Bill Sykes in the David Lean adaptation of Oliver Twist (1948). The characters Sykes, Malloy, and Ackroyd are loosely adapted from characters named Learoyd, Mulvaney and Ortheris in the Rudyard Kipling stories. See more »

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Col. Brunswick: I've heard it all Pindenny. I've heard it ten times, and it's no use. It always ends up the same way - you turn up with the patrol in lady's pink silk underwear!
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No Gunga Din Here
14 May 2016 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

Soldiers Three is a 1951 black and white war drama that is a pale imitation of Gunga Din (1939). How on earth you could try to re-make Gunga Din is questionable enough, but consider that producer Pandro Berman worked on the original. What was he thinking?

Stewart Granger, David Niven, Cyril Cusack and Robert Newton star, but none of them come anywhere near the talent on display by Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Sam Jaffe.

Granger made far better films (King Solomon's Mines, Scaramouche) as did Newton (my favorite Long John Silver), and of course Niven who won Oscars and Golden Globes for many memorable performances.

Here is a film that should be avoided.


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