My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

The Lives Of A Bengal Lancer (1935)

HENRY HATHAWAY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1935. Screenplay by , , , adaptation by , . Cinematography by . Produced by . Music by , , , . Production Design by , . Costume Design by . Film Editing by Academy Awards 1935

In this breathtaking adventure, Gary Cooper stars as a British soldier (originally from Canada) stationed in India who butts heads with his new socially superior barracks mate (Franchot Tone) until a common crisis unites them: their general () has treated his son () with so little affection or kindness that the boy has run off to infiltrate the enemy alone, leaving his two fellow officers to clean up the mess he leaves behind. Fantastic camera work, first-rate direction and a brilliant script combine with marvelous action sequences (especially for 1935) to make a terrific film that stands up to today’s most widely-scoped adventure films.

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