The Charge of the Light Brigade by Michael Curtiz |Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles | 12569796263 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Charge of the Light Brigade

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Director: Michael Curtiz

Cast: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles

     
 

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Of the many film versions of Alfred Lord Tennyson's narrative poem, 1936's Charge of the Light Brigade has the least relationship to the facts concerning the famous 19th century British military blunder in the Crimea. Reflecting the popularity of 1935's Lives of A Bengal Lancer, the film uses the climactic charge as the culmination of events which begin

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Of the many film versions of Alfred Lord Tennyson's narrative poem, 1936's Charge of the Light Brigade has the least relationship to the facts concerning the famous 19th century British military blunder in the Crimea. Reflecting the popularity of 1935's Lives of A Bengal Lancer, the film uses the climactic charge as the culmination of events which begin in British India. Errol Flynn and Patric Knowles are cast as cavalry officers who are also brothers; both love Olivia De Havilland, but it is Knowles who wins out (this should tip us off that the rest of the film is pure fantasy). Indian potentate C. Henry Gordon, angered that the British government has cut off his subsidy, stages a revolt against the English settlements. Ordered on maneuvers, Flynn is unable to bring rescue troops to the besieged fort commanded by De Havilland's father. Gordon supervises the slaughter of every man, woman and child at the fort, then leaves India in the company of his Russian advisors. Flynn and his fellow Light Brigade lancers are then transferred to the Crimea--where, as luck would have it, Gordon is now ensconced with the Russians. Thirsting for revenge, Flynn falsifies an official order so that he and the Light Brigade can battle Gordon and his allies at Balaclava (thus are Britons Lord Cardigan and Lord Ragan, the actual instigators of the doomed charge, exonerated). As passages from the Tennyson poem are superimposed on the action, Flynn leads a suicidal charge against the Russians; he manages to kill the treacherous Gordon before being slain himself. Its dozens of historical inaccuracies aside, The Charge of the Light Brigade is rousing entertainment. Animal lovers be warned, however: several horses were killed during the climactic charge, a fact that compelled Hollywood (under the auspices of the ASPCA) to install safer and more stringent standards concerning the treatment of animals.

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The film that cemented Errol Flynn's reputation as the most dashing leading man in Hollywood, The Charge of the Light Brigade is a notoriously inaccurate recounting of a key battle in the Crimean War. It's very loosely based on the famous poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson that recounts the battle of Balaclava, in which Russian resisters swamped the British. It depicts the charge as the outcome of an old grudge against an Indian leader who has joined the Russians. Most of the film takes place in India and involves a battle for the affections of a character played by Olivia De Havilland. An extremely popular and successful film, this 1936 Hollywood production was directed by the famed Michael Curtiz, whose second wife married Flynn. A sweeping and monumental piece of entertainment despite its inaccuracies, this Charge of the Light Brigade was superior to a 1968 British version. Curtiz would go on to direct Casablanca.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2007
UPC:
0012569796263
Original Release:
1936
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:55:00

Special Features

Warner Night at the Movies 1936 short subjects gallery: ; Vintage newsreel; Oscar-wining drama short Give Me Liberty; Comedy short Shop Talk with Bob Hope; Classic cartoon Boom Boom; Trailers of the Charge of the Light Brigade and 1936's Anthony Adverse; Subtitles: English (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Maj. Geoffrey Vickers
Olivia de Havilland Elsa Campbell
Patric Knowles Capt. Perry Vickers
Henry Stephenson Sir Charles Macefield
Donald Crisp Col. Campbell
Nigel Bruce Sir Benjamin Warrenton
David Niven Capt. James Randall
Robert H. Barrat Count Igor Volonoff
Spring Byington Octavia Warrenton
E.E. Clive Sir Humphrey Harcourt
Lumsden Hare Col. Woodward
J. Carrol Naish Subahdar Major Puran Singh
Walter Holbrook Cornet Barclay
Princess Baigum Prema's Mother
Charles Sedgwick Cornet Pearson
Scotty Beckett Prema Singh
George Regas Wazir
Colin Kenny Maj. Anderson
Gordon Hart Col. Coventry
Helen Sanborn Mrs. Jowett
Dick Botiller Native
Phyllis Coghlan Woman at Ball
Jack Curtis Actor
Denis D'Auburn Orderly
Henry C. Gordon Surat Khan
Lal Chand Mehra Actor
Carlyle Moore Junior Officer
Ram Singh Actor
C. Aubrey Smith Actor
George Sorel Surwan
Arthur Thalasso Actor
David Thursby Actor
Carlos San Martin Court Interpreter
Jimmy Aubrey Orderly
George David Suristani
Herbert Evans Major Domo
Martin Garralaga Panjari
Holmes Herbert Gen. O'Neill
Brandon Hurst Lord Raglan
Boyd Irwin Gen. Dunbar
Crauford Kent Capt. Brown
Charles Croker King Lord Cardigan
Frank Lackteen Panjari
Wilfred Lucas Captain
Georges Renavent Gen. Canrobert
Harry Semels Sepoy chief
Reginald Sheffield Bentham
Michael Visaroff Russian General
G.P. Huntley Maj. Jowett

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
George J. Amy Editor
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Sam Bischoff Producer
B. Reeves "Breezy" Eason Consultant/advisor
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Sam Harris Consultant/advisor
John Hughes Art Director
Fred Jackman Special Effects
Michel Jacoby Screenwriter
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Rowland Leigh Screenwriter
Sol Polito Cinematographer
E. Rochfort-John Consultant/advisor
Max Steiner Score Composer
Jack Sullivan Asst. Director
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Jack Williams Stunts

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Charge of the Light Brigade
1. Credits [2:00]
2. Court of Surat Khan [4:54]
3. No Secrets on the Frontier [3:21]
4. Hunting Mishap [2:39]
5. Decent Thing to Do [2:05]
6. Flattery and Friendship [3:24]
7. Flirting With Russia [4:01]
8. A Father's Intervention [4:28]
9. Brothers at Odds [5:18]
10. Think of Me a Little [2:56]
11. Here's Your Action [3:40]
12. Watch His Dust [2:26]
13. New Ranks and Assignments [3:57]
14. Arrival at Chukoti [4:24]
15. Reunion at Lohara [3:19]
16. Questionable Orders [6:16]
17. Attack on Chukoti [5:02]
18. Shot in the Dark [5:22]
19. Khan's Terms [5:46]
20. Evacuation and Slaughter [3:54]
21. Escape to Lohara [2:36]
22. Massacre [4:33]
23. Elsa's Message [1:39]
24. Change in Orders [2:47]
25. Forward March [7:45]
26. Half a League Onward [5:00]
27. Cannon to Right of Them [3:08]
28. Honored Dead [3:04]
29. Shielding Someone [3:08]
30. Cast List [1:26]

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