The sailing vessel Cannibal has a leaking hull. The captain (Rock Hudson) reluctantly changes course for Honolulu, where one passenger (Cyd Charisse) is wanted by the law. The water rising, everyone struggles against nature to survive.
At the end of 1856, in Northeast India's Malakai Pass, British Colonial troops under the command of Captain Jeffrey Steven Claybourne are staging an attack on Indian rebels' position. The rebels are part of a major Indian uprising against the rule of the British East India Company which acts as a sovereign power on behalf of the British Crown. British colonial troops, formed with local recruits called Sepoys are divided between soldiers loyal to the British Crown and mutineers fighting against their former masters. Captain Claybourne has no reasons to be concerned with the loyalties of the Sepoys under his command. He is loved and respected by his soldiers, especially after he disobeys retreat orders and rushes to the aid of a doomed company of Sepoys which is caught in a meat-grinder during an ill-planned attack. Despite victory, the beloved captain is court-martialed for disobeying orders and cashiered out of the army. As a civilian, the ex-captain goes on safari but at one of the ...Written by
Medals worn by the soldiers include the India General Service Medal (1854) (worn by Claybourne, Blaine and Morrow and others) and the Crimean War Medal (1854) (worn by Claybourne, Blaine). Colonel Morrow's other medals are unable to be clearly identified. See more »
The India General Service Medal (1854) was always issued with a clasp denoting the campaign. None of the ribbons seen in the film bear clasps. The Crimean War Medal was issued with and without clasps, so it is not inaccurate for Claybourne and Blaine to wear ribbons lacking clasps. See more »
This "Bengal brigade" is a far cry from Henry Hathaway's classic in the thirties starring Gary Cooper and Franchot Tone ,both more exciting than Rock Hudson -who nevertheless was about to find some of his best parts in Douglas Sirk's great works- Almost twenty years later ,it's the same old song: the British are here to help the Indians ,some of the natives are cruel (like Mohammed Khan in "lives of a Bengal lancer" ) but the moral remains:both her majesty's soldiers and the Indians have got to walk hand in hand and to become brothers.Rock Hudson portrays an officer forced to resign after an unfair trial.Will he betray his queen and country?He is helped by beautiful Latah (Ursula Thiess);actually ,without her,he would be defeated.Arlene Dahl is only decorative ,as the colonel's daughter. It lacks humor,panache ,excitement,magic ,poetry ,all that made Hathaway's movie a classic of the adventures movie,in spite of its reactionary side.
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