The Charge of the Light Brigade

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Michael Curtiz (1936)

110min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This splendid early Errol Flynn vehicle bears little relation to historical fact, but who cares? It's a wonderful swashbuckler, set largely in India, but fetching up in the Crimea in time for a stunningly spectacular charge, punctuated by on-screen quotes from Tennyson. The great Michael Curtiz, who would later team up with Flynn in their masterpiece The Adventures of Robin Hood, directs, with Olivia de Havilland returning as Flynn's love interest a year after their screen partnership began with Captain Blood. The magnificent score was Max Steiner's first for Warner Bros (he hadn't composed its shield trademark yet) and it provides the perfect accompaniment to this thunderingly good movie.

Summary

A British major and his brother stationed in India during the Crimean War become rivals when they fall in love with the same woman. An allied local ruler betrays the British, carrying out a massacre of civilians and prompting the major to swear revenge on him - ultimately leading a suicidal attack on an enemy artillery position. Fact-based drama, starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Nigel Bruce.

Cast & Crew

Maj Geoffrey Vickers Errol Flynn
Elsa Campbell Olivia de Havilland
Capt Perry Vickers Patric Knowles
Sir Charles Macefield Henry Stephenson
Sir Benjamin Warrenton Nigel Bruce
Col Campbell Donald Crisp
Capt James Randall David Niven
Surat Khan C Henry Gordon
Major Jowett G P Huntley Jr
Count Igor Zvolonoff Robert Barrat
Lady Octavia Warrenton Spring Byington
Sir Humphrey Harcourt E E Clive
Subahdar-Major Puran Singh J Carrol Naish
Colonel Woodward Lumsden Hare
Director Michael Curtiz
Assistant Director Jack Sullivan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: First National Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video
Drama