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Military & Naval Adventures

Adventure in Sahara (1938)

Directed by D. Ross Lederman. Cast: Paul Kelly, C. Henry Gordon, Marc Lawrence, Lorna Gray, Robert Fiske. In this desert adventure, a cruel commander viciously rules a regiment of French foreign legionnaires. They tire of his brutality and rebel, stranding the despot and his few loyal soldiers in the burning sands with a few supplies. The deposed commander, vowing to return to civilization to have his revenge, eventually leads his men back to the lonely outpost and finds it under attack by Arab raiders. The soldiers inside take the leader back and he helps to vanquish the invaders.

Beau Geste(1939)

Directed by William Wellman. Cast: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward, J. Carrol Naish, Donal O'Connor, James Stephenson. Beau Geste and his two brothers join the Foreign Legion after their family's Blue Water sapphire disappears. 114 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Berlin Express(1948)

Directed by Jacques Tourneur. Story by Curt Siodmak. Cast: Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Charles Korvin, Paul Lukas, Robert Coote, Reinhold Schunzel, Roman Toporow, Peter Von Zerneck, Otto Waldis, Fritz Kortner, Michael Harvey, Richard Powers. Filmed amid the actual bombed out ruins of Frankfurt and Berlin after World War II, this film recounts the dangerous attempts to unify Germany as four post-war heroes from Britain, France, Russia and the U.S. battle die-hard Nazis to rescue an anti-fascist German statesman. 87 min.

Charge of the Light Brigade (UK, 1968)

Directed by Tony Richardson. Cast: Trevor Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Harry Andrews, Jill Bennett, David Hemmings, Ben Aris. A chronicle of events that led to the British involvement in the Crimean War against Russia and which led to the siege of Sevastopol and the fierce Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854.

Charge of the Light Brigade(1936)

Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Errol Flynn, Olivia De Havilland, Patric Knowles, Henry Stephenson, Nigel Bruce, Donald Crisp, David Niven, Robert Barrat. The events that instigated British involvement in the Crimean War are vividly painted against the rugged canvas of battle-scarred India. An army officer deliberately starts the Balaclava charge to even an old score with Surat Khan, who's on the other side. Based on the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson and inspired by history.

Elephant Boy (UK, 1937)

Directed by Zoltan Korda. Cast: Sabu, W. E. Holloway, Walter Hudd, Allan Jeayes, Bruce Gordon, D.J. Williams, Hyde White, As Kipling's Toomai of the elephants, a small native (Sabu) who claims to know the congregating place of the elephant hordes, leads a British hunting expedition through the jungle with his pachyderm pal, instantly becoming a legend. Based on the novel "Toomai of the elephants" by Rudyard Kipling. 82 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Gunga Din(1939)

Directed by George Stevens. Cast: Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Victor McLaglen, Sam Jaffe, Joan Fontaine. Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Victor McLaglen, Sam Jaffe, Joan Fontaine. Adventure story of three English soldier comrades battling the savage punjabs in India, and their lowly water-bearer, Gunga Din, who longs to be a soldier. Based on Rudyard Kipling's poem, Gunga Din.

Horatio Hornblower(TV, 1998)

Directed by Andrew Grieve. Cast: Ioan Gruffud, Robert Lindsay, Dorian Healy, Michael Byrne, Robert Bathurst. A television miniseries based on Forester's novels of Horatio Hornblower, following his career from a reticent midshipman to a self-assured and courageous officer. Based on the Hornblower books by C.S. Forester. 13 hrs., 20 min.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Directed by Peter Weir. Cast: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, James D'Arcy, Edward Woodall, Chris Larkin, Max Pirkis, Jack Randall, Max Benitz, Lee Ingleby. During the Napoleonic Wars, a British frigate, the HMS Surprise, and the larger French warship, Acheron, stalk each other off of the coast of South America. Lucky Jack, as he is referred to by his crew, is well regarded by his men, who trust him implicitly, even after the first devastating battle and an apparent personal vendetta against the French captain.

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Directed by Frank Lloyd. Cast: Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone, Herbert Hundin, Eddie Quillan, Dudley Digges, Donald Crisp. The time is in the late 1700's and Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny on the high seas against the tyrannical disciplinarian Capt. Bligh when the underfed overflogged sailors can no longer take the brutality. DVD Special features: "Pitcairn Island today"--1935 MGM short; 'Mutiny on the Bounty' wins 1935 Academy Award (1936 newsreel); theatrical trailers. 133 min.

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