Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. United Kingdom, 1959. The Rank Organisation. Original Story by Patrick Ford, Will Price, Screenplay by Robin Estridge, based on a screenplay by Frank S. Nugent. Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth. Produced by Marcel Hellman. Music by Mischa Spoliansky. Production Design by Alec Vetchinsky. Costume Design by Yvonne Caffin. Film Editing by Frederick Wilson.
This is a thrilling adventure. In the middle of a civil war in 19th century India, a young prince has been entrusted to his governess (Lauren Bacall) and a rescue party led by Kenneth More to carry him safely through battlegrounds towards safety. Aboard a rickety old steam engine, the travelers must endure all sorts of nail-biting dangers in order to survive. The tension is of the white-knuckle variety, the direction superb and the screenplay top-notch, this is a journey you’ll want to take more than once.