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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.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Ivan Goff (screenplay), Ben Roberts (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tyrone Power ... Capt. Alan King
Terry Moore ... Susan Maitland
Michael Rennie ... Brig. Gen. J. R. Maitland
John Justin ... Lt. Geoffrey Heath
Guy Rolfe ... Karram Khan
Richard Wyler ... Lt. Ben Baird (as Richard Stapley)
Murray Matheson ... Maj. Ian MacAllister
Frank DeKova ... Ali Nur (as Frank de Kova)
Argentina Brunetti ... Lali
Sujata Rubener 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitaine King See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,190,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Tyrone Power was widely considered too old for his character, as well as unconvincing as an officer in the British army. 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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In the Desert no-one can hear you scream!
4 April 2002 | by uds3See all my reviews

I agree with a few other reviewers here - why the hell does this never show up on TV, cable or even old video warehouses? I have seen it but once, in London the week of its initial release almost 50 years ago. I was 7. Thing is, I remember it perfectly, way better than SHOWTIME and I only saw THAT yesterday!

Top desert caper that was all audiences wanted to see in the 50's. No-one swashbuckled better than Tyrone Power during this period and KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES was a handsome production, especially on the gigantic CINEMASCOPE screen. Directed by action-specialist Henry King, who worked with Power in almost a dozen movies, the story was that of half-caste British soldier Alan King (Power) who had to battle not only Army etiquette but a rampaging uprising around the Khyber Pass! The well remembered image from this flick was the spearing of the helpless British soldiers at the stake. Power of course, gaining a last minute reprieve so he could complete the movie, take down the villains and win the girl.

Good supporting cast, Michael Rennie in particular cutting an impressive figure as Brigadier Maitland whose stiff upper lip was stiffer than most!

Good companion piece to this was ZARAK (Also reviewed somewhere!)


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