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King of the Khyber Rifles 1953 123movies

King of the Khyber Rifles 1953 123movies

GREAT ADVENTURE OF INDIA!Dec. 23, 1953100 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Freshly arrived Sandhurst-trained Captain Alan King, better versed in Pashtun then any of the veterans and born locally as army brat, survives an attack on his escort to his Northwest Frontier province garrison near the Khyber pass because of Ahmed, a native Afridi deserter from the Muslim fanatic rebel Karram Khan’s forces. As soon as his fellow officers learn his mother was a native Muslim which got his parents disowned even by their own families, he falls prey to stubborn prejudiced discrimination, Lieutenant Geoffrey Heath even moves out of their quarters, except from half-Irish Lt. Ben Baird. Brigadier general J. R. Maitland, whose policy is full equality among whites, learns King knew Kurrum Khan as a boy and charges him with training and commanding native cavalry, which comes along fine. The general’s egalitarian daughter Susan Maitland takes a fancy to King, even falls in love but the general decides to send her safely home to England after a kidnapped attempt when King saved her. King volunteers to take out Khurram Khan, the only man who can bring the normally dived local tribes together in revolt, pretending to have deserted…
Plot: Freshly arrived Sandhurst-trained Captain Alan King, better versed in Pashtun then any of the veterans and born locally as army brat, survives an attack on his escort to his Northwest Frontier province garrison near the Khyber pass because of Ahmed, a native Afridi deserter from the Muslim fanatic rebel Karram Khan’s forces. As soon as his fellow officers learn his mother was a native Muslim which got his parents disowned even by their own families, he falls prey to stubborn prejudiced discrimination, Lieutenant Geoffrey Heath even moves out of their quarters, except from half-Irish Lt. Ben Baird.
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A Good Eastern!
Fox’s KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES (1953) is quite a reasonably good colourful adventure set in India in 1857. A remake of John Ford’s “The Black Watch” (1929) it was based on the novel by Talbot Mundy from which derived a fairly decent screenplay by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts. Tyrone Power was the star and once again he was reunited with his favourite director and friend Henry King in Frank Rosenberg’s elaborate production. This was the studio’s fourth picture filmed in the then new stunning process of Cinemascope and Stereophonic sound! The new format lending itself beautifully to the Lone Pine Californian locations which doubled perfectly for India’s Northwest Frontier. And veteran expert Cinematographer Leon Shamroy seemed right at home with his creative use of the widescreen camera.

Tyrone Power was Fox’s top leading man in the forties but by the time the studio embarked on their wonderful Cinemascope productions in 1953 his star was beginning to wane. The actor was also tired of the usual adventure fare he was frequently thrust into by studio head Darryl Zanuck and longed to do other things in film for other companies. He wanted to break his contract (he amusingly referred to the studio as Penitentiary Fox) and turned down the lead in Fox’s ambitious first scope movie “The Robe” resulting in Zanuck suspending him. But not for long! His friend and mentor Henry King came into the fray when he wanted Power to star in his first stab at Cinemascope – KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES and would settle for no one else. So Power and Zanuck kissed and made up and the star took up the assignment.

“India – 1857 – the one hundredth year of British rule” reads the post credits caption on the screen at the opening of the picture. Captain Alan King and his troop are escorting some supply wagons to the Peshawar district garrison not far from the infamous Khyber Pass where rebel Kerram Khan and his army of insurgents are holed up and are preparing for “The night of the long knives” the time when India will rise up against British rule. This is the film’s basic premise and depicts one man’s efforts to thwart an inevitable uprising. But along the way he will fall in love with the Colonel’s daughter (the totally resistible Terry Moore) and be pilloried for being the half-caste boyhood friend of the rebel leader (Guy Rolfe) who he must confront and endeavour to kill.

KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES is a good adventure yarn and looks great on the wide canvas of the Cinemascope screen (a desert rescue sequence is particularly effective). Performances are generally good too. Power, though somewhat subdued, is fine as the troubled Captain King and Michael Rennie gives his usual smooth turn as the authoritative commanding officer. Charismatic British actor Guy Rolfe is superb as Karram Khan. Rolfe an actor with loads of screen presence never followed this up with anything worthwhile and became just another working actor mostly on television. He died back in England in 2003 at the age of 91. Now, the part of the leading lady is the picture’s major fault! Terry Moore is completely miscast! To begin with she simply doesn’t suit Tyrone Power at all! She’s too young for him! Plus she’s supposed to be an English girl raised and schooled in England but instead she just looks and sounds like an American High School student who discovers she has a crush on her history professor. Her casting here is almost identical to that of four years earlier when the equally resistible Wanda Hendricks was Power’s leading lady in “Prince Of Foxes”. What on earth was wrong with Ty? He seemed to have problems selecting an appropriate leading lady! HUH!

However a huge plus for the movie is the remarkable music by Bernard Herrmann! A rollicking eastern tinged Main Title with bravura brass fanfares and augmented timpani opens the score. There is some eerie music for the Hammer Of God scene and a ravishing love theme for the picture’s softer moments which the composer fashions into a beautiful waltz for the Queen’s Birthday Ball sequence. Alongside “Beneath The 12 Mile Reef” (1953) KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES is Herrmann’s best adventure score!

If you can overlook the presence of Terry Moore (think Susan Hayward or Jean Peters) KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES is an engaging 100 minutes of entertainment. But why is this movie not on DVD? As far as I know it isn’t even on Video tape! What is wrong with Fox Home Entertainment? They seem to have forgotten Ty Power in “Untamed” (1955) as well! In fact they seem to have totally forgotten what remains in their back catalogue! Where’s “Seven Cities of Gold” (1955 / with a riveting performance from Michael Rennie), “Violent Saturday” (1955) and “Rio Conchos” (1964)? Who knows?? Anyone??

Review By: jpdoherty Rating: 5 Date: 2009-11-26

Other Information:

Original Title King of the Khyber Rifles
Release Date 1953-12-23
Release Year 1953

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated Approved
Genre Adventure, Drama, History
Director Henry King
Writer Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, Harry Kleiner
Actors Tyrone Power, Terry Moore, Michael Rennie
Country United States
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Website N/A


Technical Information:

Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio 2.55 : 1
Camera Bausch & Lomb Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, USA
Film Length (12 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process CinemaScope
Printed Film Format 35 mm

King of the Khyber Rifles 1953 123movies
Original title King of the Khyber Rifles
TMDb Rating 5.7 11 votes

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