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North West Frontier (1959)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 20 November 1959 (Ireland)
In British India, a young prince must be taken to safey across rebel-held territory, and an old train is the only way to do it.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Frank S. Nugent (adapted from a screenplay by) (as Frank Nugent), Patrick Ford (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth More ... Capt. Scott
Lauren Bacall ... Catherine Wyatt
Herbert Lom ... Van Leyden
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Bridie (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
I.S. Johar ... Gupta
Ursula Jeans ... Lady Windham
Eugene Deckers ... Peters
Ian Hunter ... Sir John Windham
Jack Gwillim ... Brigadier Ames
Govind Raja Ross Govind Raja Ross ... Prince Kishan
Basil Hoskins Basil Hoskins ... A.D.C.
S.M. Asgaralli S.M. Asgaralli ... Havildar - 1st. Indian Soldier
Sam Chowdhary Sam Chowdhary ... 2nd. Indian Soldier (as S.S. Chowdhary)
Moultrie Kelsall ... British Correspondent
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... American Correspondent
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Storyline

In northwestern India soon after the turn of the 20th Century, Moslem rebels seek to kill a six-year-old Hindu prince to end his family line. Captain Scott of the British Army is ordered to get the prince out of the region safely. Adventure ensues as Scott sneaks the child away, through Moslem-held territory, by train. Also on board are the boy's American governess, an arms merchant, a cynical reporter, and two upper class Britons. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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Two people trapped by fate. In a country with no destiny.

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

20 November 1959 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

North West Frontier See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the second of a handful of films the Rank Organization made in CinemaScope. Unlike the first, Ferry to Hong Kong (1959) released a few months earlier), this was a big domestic and European hit, although it failed to capture the vital American market. The next Rank film in CinemaScope was not until 1961. See more »

Goofs

In one shot near the end of the film, whilst the insurgents are attacking the train, the shadow of the camera helicopter is clearly visible on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Captain Scott: You're the first American woman I've met. Are they all like you?
Catherine Wyatt: Why? How do I seem?
Captain Scott: Well, shall we say a little bit more independent than most?
Catherine Wyatt: Is that the tactful English way of saying you think I'm pig-headed?
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Crazy Credits

The American release, entitled "Flame Over India", gives Lauren Bacall top billing. The British release, which is entitled "North West Frontier" and is the one on DVD, gives Kenneth More, a popular star in England, top billing. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a "time compressed" 90 minute version (i.e., the action is slightly sped up so that the film can play in ninety minutes without being cut). See more »

Soundtracks

The Eton Boating Song
(uncredited)
Music by Algernon Drummond and lyrics by William Johnson
Sung by Kenneth More and heard as a theme
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The Best...
10 June 2002 | by goldfinger2a-2See all my reviews

Yes this is British Cinema at it`s best, a rousing Northwest Frontier picture with all the right ingredients, lots of 'goodies', a real 'baddie', and a dashing hero, with a fiesty female lead in the form of Lauren Bacall.

Things do pile up on the characters in the old train as it goes from place to place in an effort to save a young Prince, but things never go over the top, and the acting is first rate, as well as the direction.

Do try and see the full version, some TV companies show a cut down version and you do loose important points.

Kenneth More is as always top rate, also note worthy is I.S.Johor as the train driver, Wilfred Hyde White as the British Diplomat, and Herbert Lom as as bad a baddie as l have ever seen him....


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