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Thunder in the East (1953)

Approved | | Drama, War | 23 June 1953 (Sweden)
In 1947, in an independent India, Europeans are scrambling to evacuate Ghandahar which is besieged by a local warlord but sought-after by an American arms dealer.

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Jo Swerling (screenplay), George Tabori (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Ladd ... Steve Gibbs
Deborah Kerr ... Joan Willoughby
Charles Boyer ... Prime Minister Singh
Corinne Calvet ... Lizette Damon
Cecil Kellaway ... Dr. Willoughby
Marc Cavell ... Moti Lal (as Mark Cavell)
John Abbott ... Nitra Puta
Philip Bourneuf Philip Bourneuf ... Newah Khan
John Williams ... General Sir Henry Harrison
Charles Lung Charles Lung ... Maharajah (as Charlie Lung)
Leonard Carey ... Dr. Paling
Nelson Welch Nelson Welch ... Norton
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Storyline

During India's first years of independence from Britain, Steve Gibbs lands his armaments loaded plane in Ghandahar province hoping to get rich. Pacifist Prime Minister Singh hopes to reach an agreement with guerilla leader Khan, the maharajah is a fool, and the British residents are living in the past. Steve's love interest is Joan Willoughby, the blind daughter of a parson. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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TRAPPED...in revolt-riddled Ghandahar!

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

23 June 1953 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rage of the Vulture See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,000,000, 31 December 1953
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Boyer starred in another film called Thunder In The East , in 1934 . See more »

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Referenced in Éden (2011) See more »

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A neat,if politically loaded thriller
26 April 2003 | by lorenellroySee all my reviews

Thunder in the East is set in 1947 India ,immediately after being granted independence by Britain ,and in particular events are centred on the state of Ghandahar which is being menaced by brigands,well armed and with a political agenda. The Maharajah of the state is a dilettante playboy ,and his main adviser,played by a blacked up Charles Boyer,is a pacifist who will not countenance using force to resist the incursions of the brigands. Thus when arms entrepreneur Alan Ladd seeks to sell him guns and munitions to resist the enemies of the state he refuses and impounds the cargo.Ladd's existence is further complicated by his falling in love with Deborah Kerr,a blind British woman .who is caught up in the fate of the British community which is particularly under threat from the rebels. Things build to a final siege of the main hotel where the British dig in to resist Performances are okay although white actors blacked up now seems embarrassing ,and there is a touch of Casablanca about the storyline -cynical hero falling in love with an idealistic woman;contending political forces and a smarmy villain.Its nowhere near as good since script and cast are inferior .

Not bad but too stolid to be exceptional.


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