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North West Frontier (1959)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 25 October 1959 (UK)
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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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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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.

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Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Average Shot Length = ~6.9 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~6 seconds. See more »

Goofs

In the opening narration voiced by actor Kenneth More (playing Captain Scott), we're told the young prince is six years old, but later, at the Governor's palace, Sir John says that the boy is five. See more »

Quotes

Lady Windham: Where's Mr. Van Leyden?
Captain Scott: He, uh... he got off
Lady Windham: He got off... oh, dear!
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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

West German theatrical version was cut by ca. 19 minutes. For the TV version, another 15 minutes were deleted from the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Talkies: Remembering Kenneth More: Part Two (2019) 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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Excellent Film with timely themes interwoven.
19 February 2003 | by VGarn80584See all my reviews

Just one heck of a fun film with a nice bit of writing in the script. The theme of the British being stuck between two fighting groups of people, Hindus and Islamic is so right for the times now (Feb 2003). Then give Miss Bacall a decent part, with Wilfred Hyde Write and Herbert Lom and the rest of a wonderful group of character actors made my train ride across the Northwest frontier a most moving experience.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

25 October 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

North West Frontier See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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