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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

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

"Variety" said that this movie was "reminiscent of the same director's Ice Cold in Alex (1958), with an ancient locomotive replacing the ambulance in that desert war story and with hordes of be-turbaned tribesmen substituting for the Nazi patrols." See more »

Goofs

Despite the assaults, the gunshots, the train's wagon never shows damages outside or inside, afterwards. During one of the last scenes, the one with Van Leyden and the Gatling gun, the car's front door is damaged. The scene immediately after shows the same door intact. See more »

Quotes

Bridie: It seems a bit extreme to me locking him up like that, after all what can he do?
Catherine Wyatt: The idea of locking him up is so that we don't have to find out what he can do, Mr. Bridie.
Bridie: I don't suppose he's even got anything to read.
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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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One of my all-time favorite movies
2 December 2004 | by SoftKitten80See all my reviews

The movie opens in a way Hollywood could never do, just more dramatic and colourful than Hollywood does. This movie gave more back than I expected. It is a breathtaking, breathholding, exciting little movie. You feel like you are really there in India, on the rickety old train. I love that they used old machinery instead of making it unrealistic the way Hollywood might.

I was not expecting much from Lauren Bacall but she also gave back more than was required. Her scenes with the young Indian boy are touching. She obviously has a way with children in real life as well. The song Swing, Swing Together could make me weep, it's so wonderful. The movie is not well known but so well done. It's just a very well done one that everyone can enjoy. There are some questionable characters on the train, you are left wondering why this one is so twitchy, what is that one's secret?


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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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