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The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)

aka The Lives of a Bengal Lancer

"Set in the spectacle of mystic India with its glittering mosques, oirental palaces, weird music, bronzed nautch dancers"

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Details: 109 mins · English

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Cast:

Small Lt. Alan McGregor
Small Lt. Forsythe
Small Lt. Donald Stone
Small Col. Tom Stone (as Sir Guy Standing)
Small Maj. Hamilton
No_movie_poster Tania Volkanskaya
Small Mohammed Khan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Small Hamzulla Khan
No_movie_poster Lt. Barrett
Small Otamanu, emir of Gopal
Small Grand Vizier
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"Set in the spectacle of mystic India with its glittering mosques, oirental palaces, weird music, bronzed nautch dancers"

"Set in the spectacle of mystic India with its glittering mosques, oirental palaces, weird music, bronzed nautch dancers."

"1750 to 1! Always out-numbered! Never out-fought! These are the Bengal Lancers...heroes all...guarding each other's lives, sharing each other's tortures, fighting each other's battles..."

Plot:

On the northwest frontier of India during the British Raj, Scottish-Canadian Lieutenant Alan McGregor (Gary Cooper) welcomes two replacements to the 41st Bengal Lancers, Lieutenant Forsythe (Franchot Tone) and Lieutenant Donald Stone (Richard Cromwell), the son of the unit's commander, Colonel Tom Stone (Guy Standing). In an attempt to show impartiality, the colonel treats his son coldly, which is misinterpreted and causes resentment in the young man.

Lieutenant Barrett (Colin Tapley) has been spying on Mohammed Khan (Douglass Dumbrille) and reports that he has been preparing an uprising against the British. Khan kidnaps Lieutenant Stone in order to try to extract vital information about an ammunition caravan from him. When the colonel refuses to attempt his rescue, McGregor and Forsythe go without orders. Unfortunately, they are caught as well. Mohammed Khan says, "We have ways of making men talk" (a line which is frequently misquoted) and has his prisoners tortured. Stone cracks under the pain and reveals what he knows. As a result, the ammunition is captured.

The captives escape as the outmatched Bengal Lancers deploy to assault Khan's fortress. They manage to destroy the ammunition and Stone redeems himself by killing Khan, ensuring victory. However, McGregor is killed in the assault.

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