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King of the Khyber Rifles (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 22 December 1953 (USA)
A half-caste British officer in 19th-century India battles the prejudices of both his Army colleagues and the local populace while trying to help put down a rebellion led by a greedy local ruler.

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Cast

Cast overview:
... Capt. Alan King
... Susan Maitland
... Brig. Gen. J. R. Maitland
... Lt. Geoffrey Heath
... Karram Khan
... Lt. Ben Baird (as Richard Stapley)
... Maj. Ian MacAllister
... Ali Nur (as Frank de Kova)
... Lali
Sujata Rubener ... Native Dancer (as Sujata)
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Storyline

Freshly arrived Sandhurst-trained Captain Alan King, better versed in Pashtun then any of the veterans and born locally as army brat, survives an attack on his escort to his Northwest Frontier province garrison near the Khyber pass because of Ahmed, a native Afridi deserter from the Muslim fanatic rebel Karram Khan's forces. As soon as his fellow officers learn his mother was a native Muslim which got his parents disowned even by their own families, he falls prey to stubborn prejudiced discrimination, Lieutenant Geoffrey Heath even moves out of their quarters, except from half-Irish Lt. Ben Baird. Brigadier general J. R. Maitland, whose policy is full equality among whites, learns King knew Kurrum Khan as a boy and charges him with training and commanding native cavalry, which comes along fine. The general's egalitarian daughter Susan Maitland takes a fancy to King, even falls in love but the general decides to send her safely home to England after a kidnapped attempt when King saved ... Written by KGF Vissers

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GREAT ADVENTURE OF INDIA! (original print ad - all caps)


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22 December 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Capitaine King  »

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$2,190,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

This was Twentieth Century-Fox's fourth CinemaScope production. See more »

Goofs

Captain King's pocket watch contains photographic images of his parents (~12:00) which must predate their stated 1833 date of death. The earliest known photograph of a person by Daguerre is from 1838 and were all exposed onto metallic silver plates. See more »

Quotes

Karram Khan: You see Alan, even I am not wholly without a conscience. Last night you spared my life. Now I return the gesture. You will be returned safely to Peshawar. But we'll meet again and when we do there will be no hesitation. I will cut you out of my path as I would a weed. The scales are balanced now. There is no past.
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Referenced in Capital Visit (1955) See more »

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What a great Classic
12 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

I just came across this film as a free download on Lovefilm, it's in cinema-scope, Technicolour, great cast including Tyrone Power, Terry Moore Michael Rennie, John Justin, Guy Rolfe and directed by one of the great Hollywood directors, Henry King. Tyrone Power gives one of his best performances, he plays the part of a mixed race British officer with such dignity, I was also very impressed with Michael Rennie as the company commander and farther of the girl Tyrone's character falls in love with, what is there not to like. Here is the link so you can get to see this wonderful film: http://www.lovefilm.com/product/93881-King-of-the-Khyber-Rifles.html


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