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Encyclopedia > The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936 film)
The Charge of the Light Brigade

Original Film poster
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) 20 October 1936
Running time 115 min
Country  United States
Language English
IMDb profile

The Charge of the Light Brigade is a 1936 historical film made by Warner Bros. It was directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Samuel Bischoff, with Hal B. Wallis as executive producer, from a screenplay by Michael Jacoby and Rowland Leigh, from a story by Michael Jacoby based on the poem The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson. The music score was by Max Steiner and the cinematography by Sol Polito. The Charge of the Light Brigade is the name of several movies that cover the disastrous attack known as the Charge of the Light Brigade that occurred during the Crimean War. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Michael Curtiz (December 24, 1886 - April 10, 1962) was an Academy Award-winning Hungarian-American film director. ... “WB” redirects here. ... is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... See also: 1935 in film 1936 1937 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events January 6 - first Porky Pig animated cartoon September 28 - The Marx Brothers Harpo Marx marries actress Susan Fleming Top grossing films in North America Red River Valley Academy Awards Best Picture: The Great... The historical drama is a film genre in which stories are based more or less accurately upon historical events and famous persons. ... “WB” redirects here. ... Michael Curtiz (December 24, 1886 - April 10, 1962) was an Academy Award-winning Hungarian-American film director. ... Hal B. Wallis (September 14, 1898 – October 5, 1986) was an American motion picture producer. ... Sample from a screenplay, showing dialogue and action descriptions. ... Valley of the Shadow of Death, as photographed by Roger Fenton in 1855. ... Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (August 6, 1809 - October 6, 1892) is generally regarded as one of the greatest English poets. ... Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner (born May 10, 1888 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary; died December 28, 1971 in Hollywood, California) was an Austrian-American composer of music for theater production shows and films. ...


The film starred Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. The story is very loosely based on the famous Charge of the Light Brigade that took place during the Crimean War (1853-56). Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn (June 20, 1909 – October 14, 1959) was an Australian film actor, most famous for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his flamboyant lifestyle. ... Olivia Mary de Havilland (born July 1, 1916) is a two-time Academy Award winning actress in American motion pictures and is the last surviving principal cast member from Gone with the Wind. ... For the poem about the charge, see The Charge of the Light Brigade (poem). ... Combatants Allies: Second French Empire British Empire Ottoman Empire Kingdom of Sardinia Russian Empire Bulgarian volunteers Casualties 90,000 French 35,000 Turkish 17,500 British 2,194 Sardinian killed, wounded and died of disease ~134,000 killed, wounded and died of disease The Crimean War (1853–1856) was fought...

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Plot summary

In 1854, Major Geoffrey Vickers (Errol Flynn) and his brother, Captain Perry Vickers (Patric Knowles), are stationed at the fictional city of Chukoti in India, with the 27th Lancers of the British Army during the British Raj. Both love the same woman, Elsa (Olivia de Havilland). For the board game, see 1854 (board game). ... Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn (June 20, 1909 – October 14, 1959) was an Australian film actor, most famous for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his flamboyant lifestyle. ... Patric Knowles Patric Knowles (November 11, 1911 – December 23, 1995) was an English born film actor who appeared in films of the 1930s through the 1970s. ... This list is of fictional cities: villages, towns, and cities that do not exist in the world we know. ... Anthem God Save The King-Emperor The British Indian Empire, 1909 Capital Calcutta (1858 - 1912) New Delhi (1912 - 1947) Language(s) Hindustani, English and many others Government Monarchy Emperor of India  - 1858-1901 Victoria¹  - 1901-1910 Edward VII  - 1910-1936 George V  - 1936 Edward VIII  - 1936-1947 George VI Viceroy... Olivia Mary de Havilland (born July 1, 1916) is a two-time Academy Award winning actress in American motion pictures and is the last surviving principal cast member from Gone with the Wind. ...


The regiment is betrayed by a treacherous local tributary rajah, Surat Khan (C. Henry Gordon), who massacres the inhabitants of Chukoti (mainly the dependents of the lancers), and allies with the Russians, whom the British are fighting in the Crimean War.


The love triangle and the quest for vengeance are both resolved at the Battle of Balaklava. Aware that Surat Khan is hiding among the Russians and is present at the Russian position opposite the 27th Lancers, Geoffrey Vickers secretly replaces the written orders of Sir Charles Macefield (Henry Stephenson) to the commander of the Light Brigade, Sir Benjamin Warrenton (Nigel Bruce). Vickers orders the famous suicidal attack. He writes a note to Macefield, explaining his actions, and orders his brother to deliver it, sparing him from almost certain death. Not to be confused with Triangular theory of love. ... Revenge is retaliation against a person or group in response to wrongdoing. ... Categories: Stub | Battles of the Crimean War ... Henry Stephenson (born April 16, 1871, Grenada; died April 24, 1956, San Francisco, California), sometimes credited as Harry Stephenson, was an American character actor who appeared in 90 films from 1917 to 1951, often as a sidekick to Errol Flynn. ... The Charge of the Light Brigade was an ill-advised cavalry charge, led by Lord Cardigan, which occurred during the Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 during the Crimean War. ... Nigel Bruce (left) with Basil Rathbone in a promotional photo for their Sherlock Holmes film series William Nigel Ernle Bruce (September 4, 1895 – October 8, 1953), usually credited as Nigel Bruce, was a British character actor, best known as Dr. Watson in a series of films and a radioseries starring...


Just as in real life, the attack succeeds in reaching the Russian artillery positions. There, Vickers finds and kills Surat Khan, at the cost of his own life.


After receiving Vickers' note, Macefield takes responsibility for the charge and burns the note.


Cast

Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn (June 20, 1909 – October 14, 1959) was an Australian film actor, most famous for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his flamboyant lifestyle. ... Olivia Mary de Havilland (born July 1, 1916) is a two-time Academy Award winning actress in American motion pictures and is the last surviving principal cast member from Gone with the Wind. ... Patric Knowles Patric Knowles (November 11, 1911 – December 23, 1995) was an English born film actor who appeared in films of the 1930s through the 1970s. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Nigel Bruce (left) with Basil Rathbone in a promotional photo for their Sherlock Holmes film series William Nigel Ernle Bruce (September 4, 1895 – October 8, 1953), usually credited as Nigel Bruce, was a British character actor, best known as Dr. Watson in a series of films and a radioseries starring... Spring Byington (October 17, 1886 – September 7, 1971) was an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... Donald Crisp (July 27, 1882 – May 25, 1974) was an Academy Award winning English film actor. ... Henry Stephenson (born April 16, 1871, Grenada; died April 24, 1956, San Francisco, California), sometimes credited as Harry Stephenson, was an American character actor who appeared in 90 films from 1917 to 1951, often as a sidekick to Errol Flynn. ... E.E. Clive (28 August 1879 - 6 June 1940) was a British actor. ... American motion picture actor; Born: 10 July 1889 New York, NY- Died: 7 January 1970 Hollywood, California. ... J. Carrol Naish or Joseph Patrick Carrol Naish (January 21, 1897 - January 24, 1973) was an American actor born in New York City, New York. ...

The Charge sequence

The film comes to a climax at the Battle of Balaclava, subject of Lord Tennyson's poem The Charge of the Light Brigade. The lancers charge into the valley and brave the Russian cannons, and many are killed. Text from Tennyson's poem is superimposed on the screen, coupled with Max Steiner's musical score. Belligerents United Kingdom French Empire Ottoman Empire Russian Empire Commanders Lord Raglan, François Certain Canrobert Pavel Liprandi Strength Approx. ... Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (August 6, 1809 - October 6, 1892) is generally regarded as one of the greatest English poets. ... Valley of the Shadow of Death, as photographed by Roger Fenton in 1855. ... Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner (born May 10, 1888 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary; died December 28, 1971 in Hollywood, California) was an Austrian-American composer of music for theater production shows and films. ...


Director Michael Curtiz, who did not have an excellent command of English, shouted "Bring On The Empty Horses", by which he meant "riderless horses". David Niven used this as the title of his autobiography. Michael Curtiz (December 24, 1886 - April 10, 1962) was an Academy Award-winning Hungarian-American film director. ... Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ...


The battlefield set was lined with trip wires to trip the cavalry horses. 200 horses were killed during filming,[citation needed] which forced U.S. Congress to ensure the safety of animals in motion pictures. The ASPCA banned trip wires from films as well. The Congress of the United States is the legislative branch of the federal government of the United States of America. ... American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (usually referred to as the ASPCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing the abuse of animals. ...


One horseman, Bill Meade, was killed instantly when he fell on his sword.[1]


Clips of the charge sequence were included in the music video of Iron Maiden's "The Trooper." Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from Leyton in the East End of London. ... The Number of the Beast (2005) The Trooper (live) (2005) The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg (2006) The Trooper is a song written by Iron Maiden bass player Steve Harris. ...


Inaccuracies

The film originally featured the Siege of Cawnpore during the Sepoy Rebellion. When someone pointed out that the Sepoy Rebellion took place three years after the Battle of Balaklava, the name of Cawnpore was hastily changed to Chukoti, and the rebellion was turned into a fictional uprising led by the fictional Surat Khan. Combatants East India Company (Great Britain) Nana Sahibs forces Rebel Company soldiers Commanders Major General Sir Hugh Wheeler† Brigadier Alexander Jack† Major Edward Vibart† Captain John Moore† 32nd Nana Sahib Tatya Tope Bala Rao Strength around 500 soldiers and civilians around 4000 sepoys, local citizens and mercenaries Casualties All... An engraving titled Sepoy Indian troops dividing the spoils after their mutiny against British rule gives a contemporary view of events from the British perspective. ...


The reason for the Charge of the Light Brigade was shown in the film as being because the 27th Lancers changed the direction of the manoeuvre so as to invade the Russian camp to kill Surat Khan. It was actually as a result of a dispute between Lord Cardigan and Lord Raglan. Earl of Cardigan is an English peerage title. ... Field Marshal Lord Raglan during the Crimean War, portrait by Roger Fenton, ca. ...


The Battle of Balaklava did not result in the fall of Sebastopol, as is erroneously stated in the film. Location Map of Ukraine with Sevastopol highlighted. ...


Surat Khan is the leader of the fictional country of Suristan. Suristan is in fact an ancient Persian name for Syria. Map of the Land of Oz, the fictional country in the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Map of the fictional island of Sodor used in the Thomas the Tank Engine stories Fictitious countries used in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four A guidebook produced about the fictional country Molvanîa... Suristan was used as a name in two senses during the Sassanid Persian Empire. ... For other uses of this term see: Persia (disambiguation) The Persian Empire is the name used to refer to a number of historic dynasties that have ruled the country of Persia (Iran). ...


The 27th Lancers are fictional as well. The 17th Lancers, 8th and 11th Hussars, and the 4th and 13th Light Dragoons made the real charge. A "27th Lancers" were not a part of the British Army until 1941.


Awards

Jack Sullivan won the Academy Award for Best Assistant Director for his work on the film, and the film was also nominated for the Academy Award for Sound and the Academy Award for Original Music Score. Jack Sullivan served as director and associate director for Dark Shadows. ... In the first year only of this award it was not made in respect of any specific movie. ... The Academy Award for Sound Mixing is an Academy Award that recognizes the finest or most aesthetic sound mixing or recording, and is generally awarded to the production sound mixers and re-recording mixers of the winning film. ... The Academy Award for Original Music Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ...


External links

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