The Black Watch (1929)

91 mins | Adventure | 2 June 1929

Director:

John Ford

Writer:

John Stone

Cinematographer:

Joseph August

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

King of the Khyber Rifles was the working title for the film. According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, shooting began on 5 Feb 1929.
       Talbot Mundy's novel was also the basis of the 1954 Twentieth Century-Fox film King of the Khyber Rifles, directed by Henry King and starring Tyrone Power, Michael Rennie and Terry Moore (see ... More Less

King of the Khyber Rifles was the working title for the film. According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, shooting began on 5 Feb 1929.
       Talbot Mundy's novel was also the basis of the 1954 Twentieth Century-Fox film King of the Khyber Rifles, directed by Henry King and starring Tyrone Power, Michael Rennie and Terry Moore (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
6 Jul 1929
p. 116.
Exhibitors Herald-World
20 Apr 1929
p. 50.
Film Daily
26 May 1929
p. 8.
New York Times
23 May 1929
p. 26.
Variety
15 May 1929
p. 20.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
King of the Khyber Rifles
Release Date:
2 June 1929
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 8 May 1929
Production Date:
began 5 February 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 May 1929
Copyright Number:
LP424
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
91
Length(in feet):
8,487
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Captain King of the British Army's Black Watch regiment is assigned to a secret mission in India just as his company is called to France at the outbreak of war; as a result, he is considered a coward by his fellows, a suspicion confirmed by his becoming involved in a drunken brawl in India, in which he apparently kills another officer. But he contrives to avert a revolt by gaining the affection of Yasmani, a girl who is looked upon by tribesmen as their goddess and who is to lead them to victory against unbelievers. He quells the rebellion when the tribesmen, angered by her support of King, kill ... +


Captain King of the British Army's Black Watch regiment is assigned to a secret mission in India just as his company is called to France at the outbreak of war; as a result, he is considered a coward by his fellows, a suspicion confirmed by his becoming involved in a drunken brawl in India, in which he apparently kills another officer. But he contrives to avert a revolt by gaining the affection of Yasmani, a girl who is looked upon by tribesmen as their goddess and who is to lead them to victory against unbelievers. He quells the rebellion when the tribesmen, angered by her support of King, kill Yasmani. +

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