King of the Khyber Rifles (1953) DVD
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King of the Khyber Rifles (1953) DVD

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King of the Khyber Rifles (1953)

Director: Henry King

Writers: Ivan Goff (screenplay), Ben Roberts (screenplay)

Stars: Tyrone Power, Terry Moore, Michael Rennie  

This remake of John Ford's The Black Watch (29) stars Tyrone Power as British army captain stationed in India in 1857. Shunned by his fellow officers because he is a half caste, Power defies the social structure of the era by falling in love with the daughter (Terry Moore) of his superior officer. Power proves his loyalty to the Crown by quelling an uprising, led by his Indian boyhood friend (Guy Rolfe). The actors do their best, but the storyline is trite and stilted when dwelling on matters of honor and romance. King of the Khyber Rifles works best as an action picture--and in this respect it is immensely superior to the earlier John Ford film, which almost plays like a comedy when seen today.