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March 3, 2014
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)

Along the same lines as Gunga Din (1939) in British Imperial India only with other actors, Captain McGregor (Gary Cooper), and the new recruits who just arrived, Lt. John Forsythe (Franchot Tone) and Lt. Donald Stone (Richard Cromwell) who is the young son of the Commanding Officer, Colonel Stone (Guy Standing).

There is humor, but this film lacks the comedy of Gunga Din. It deals more with serious maters of taming Northern India and interpersonal relations between the soldiers.

Although it shows exotic Tania Volkanskaya (Kathleen Burke) who is sort of a spy, we really don't see much of her and it's mostly our gallant soldiers getting into mischief and doing some serious soldiering against the evil Hamzulla Kahn (Monte Blue) and his puppet Emir (Akim Tamiroff).

And, I can't go without mentioning my favorite British stereotype, C. Aubrey Smith as Major Hamiiton. This film may have been doomed to the public domain but the DVD has been included in the Gary Cooper Collection box set.
March 2, 2014
rousting adventurer yarn like 'the 4 feathers" or the superior 'gunga din"
Super Reviewer
December 11, 2013
Another tale of the heroic white guy in the midst of terrifying dark people. Not terribly great without the wooden Gary Cooper, pretty terrible with the block of wood.
½ January 19, 2013
An exciting view of the Indian Frontier and the 41st Regiment to Bengal Lancers. Great cast with Gary Cooper and Franchot Tone. Reminds you there will always be brave people willing to sacrifice everything for others.
August 18, 2012
An enjoyable adventure on the Northwest Frontier. Cooper is good, but most memorable are the performances of Franchot Tone and in particular Guy Standing as the cantankerous 'by the book' Colonel of the 41st Bengal Lancers who is forced to soften when his son is posted to the regiment. The final battle is most exciting and it concludes with medals all round and the National Anthem!
December 20, 2011
Spoilt by non-British actors who didn't seem to even try to sound like the British army officers they played. There was probably a good film hiding under the miscasting problem.
July 26, 2011
Looks aged, but entertaining none the less.
July 20, 2011
Superb. Cooper was magnificent. A thrilling story full of grit and British bravado. Although Cooper was the major star the rest of the leads were also excellent.
May 23, 2011
THE LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER (1935)
½ January 25, 2011
great film would like a copy [thank you] albert]
September 11, 2009
Decent British India pic, but it's no Gunga Din. Gary Cooper seems miscast and out-of-place for this sort of picture.
July 16, 2009
This film really captures what fascinated Europeans about the Kiplingesque British Army in India. Most pleasantly, the locals are not simple shooting targets or merciless blood suckers. As a result, the script has a touch of realism that makes it truly interesting. Except around the end when selfless heroes take over, the film is full of humour.
But ultimately two aspects make it really good: the quality of secondary characters which are both stereotypically English and perfectly realistic and the whole military life part is perfectly recreated.
In two words: perfect entertainment.
September 4, 2008
still the best version
August 24, 2008
Gary Cooper is awesome! No wonder he was so popular back in the day. Great action/war pic, cool horse-back stunts, explosions, torture, hunts. Franchot Tone puts in a fine performance as well.
Super Reviewer
July 6, 2008
nominated for best picture by NBR
July 2, 2008
A Gary Cooper classic.
½ May 3, 2008
Don't let the relatively forgettable title fool you: The Lives of a Bengal Lancer is like Gunga Din, but better. A great action/adventure film (the kind they don't make anymore). Gary Cooper is (unsurprisingly) the scene-stealer, but Franchot Tone gives a great performance, too. The snake-charming scenarios are, indeed, "charming" and memorable. Another comparable (Cooper) film is Beau Geste.
February 20, 2008
interesting, the actors have great chemisty, plus there is this actor (Franchot Tone) who is an early version of Johhny Depp
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