Flame Over India
(North West Frontier)
Kenneth More • Lauren Bacall
It is the North West Frontier of India at the turn of the century. Captain Scott (Kenneth More) is sent by the British Governor to rescue a five-year-old Hindu Prince and his American Governess, Catherine Wyatt (Lauren Bacall), when a rebellion breaks out amongst the Muslim tribesmen. Scott is instructed to take the child to safety in Kalapur, which is 300 miles away, on the pretext that while he is alive, no rebellion can succeed. They are forced to travel on an old and fragile train, but it soon becomes clear that the danger from the train is the least of their worries. Someone on the train is trying to kill the Prince.
The best way to describe this movie is, a western with turbans instead of stetsons.
I watched this movie the first time partly because it was from 1959 but mostly because it had Lauren Bacall, later I watched it again with the rest of my family.
This was one of those rare movies that, as the end credits rolled, I told myself "I really liked this movie!"
It really had everything it takes to make a good movie, the acting, dialogue, and filming were all good.
Flame Over India, is, in many ways a study in human character and actions. As they travel 300 miles to safety we see the best and worst of each person on that train. The veneer is stripped away and the true character of each person is made clear.
Don't think this movie is dry and boring, because it most definitely is not. There are plenty exciting, suspense filled, moments and scenes. Seriously, what can be more exciting than a rickety train carrying desperate people being chased by bunch of gun-wielding Muslims on horseback?
There is some violence in this film, so it probably isn't the best for little kids, but it isn't gratuitous. Really, your middle and older kids probably see more violent videos on the news and in their classes at school.
So, get some popcorn and settle in to watch an exciting and entertaining movie from the Golden Age.
Kenneth More ... Captain 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 ... Prince Kishan
Amber Fort, Amber, Rajasthan, India
Guadix, Granada, Andalucía, Spain
Hacho Bridge, Andalucia, Spain
Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Captain Scott: "Be thankful you're living and trust your luck, march to your front like a soldier."
Catherine Wyatt: Who said that?
Captain Scott: Man called Kipling. Another tea-drinker.
Captain Scott: You're the first American woman I've met. Are they all like you?
Catherine Wyatt: Why? How do I seem?
Captain Scott: Well, shall we say a little bit more independent than most?
Catherine Wyatt: Is that the tactful English way of saying you think I'm pig-headed?