Four Men and a Prayer

Synopsis: Colonel Loring Leigh, British Indian Army, appears to have issued an order that cost 90 lives. Cashiered, he returns home, tells his sons of a conspiracy by an arms syndicate to supply the rebels...then is found dead, an apparent suicide. To clear their father, the four sons must globetrot in a hazardous search for evidence, closely followed by Geoffrey's sweetheart Lynn Cherrington.
Director(s): John Ford
Production: 20th Century Fox
85 min

The munitions used by the rebels

came up from Nammu to Dowgli Pass.

The revolt was quelled,

but at the cost of 90 lives-

60 natives and 30

of our own lancers.

Ninety dead men.

And why are they dead?

They are dead because the lancers

guarding Dowgli Pass-

the sole gate to an attack

on Jerishtawbi-

were ordered elsewhere

by Colonel Loring Leigh.

I will call Captain Loveland.

Raise your right hand.

Repeat the oath.

I swear by Almighty God that the evidence

which I shall give before this court...

shall be the truth, the whole truth

and nothing but the truth.

Captain Loveland, will you tell the court

about any orders...

received by you from Colonel Leigh

on the night of the 18th.

I received written orders,

delivered to me shortly after 9:00...

to proceed immediately

with my detachment to Tablis.

Orders in Colonel Leigh's writing.

Can you identify the writing?

Yes, it was his writing,

but perhaps-

Perhaps what?

I was about to say the order may not

have been as neatly written as usual.

Of course, this

might have been due to haste.

- Could it have been due to intoxication?

- I cannot judge as to that.

That is all.

I believe you have known Colonel Leigh

for several years.

Have you ever seen him intoxicated?

Not intoxicated.

Have you ever known him

to issue a careless order?

I have not.

Captain Loveland...

in view of all the very strange things

which happened that night...

has it ever occurred to you...

that the order in question

might have been forged?

The question is disallowed.

Unless you intend to offer proof.

That will be all.

I call Colonel Loring Leigh

to the stand.

- Leigh!

- Yes?

This came to your digs.

Thought it might be important.


- Well rowed, Leigh.

- Thank you, sir.

...something more fundamental than

that referred to by the opposing counsel.

As he has so aptly stated,

under ordinary circumstances...

there might be doubt as to the validity

of a claim against the defendant company.

However, in this instance...

my clients have suffered

a loss which can be laid...

directly at the door

of the defendants.

- I have no doubt...

- Anything wrong, Leigh?

The learned counsel's opinions

have been honestly expressed, but I-

May it please Your Lordship, I am called

from the court on urgent private affairs.

By Your Lordship's permission?

- Certainly.

- Thank you.

Message for Flying Officer Leigh.

That's his ship coming in now.


- Joan.

- You are late.

Oh, I'm sorry, darling, but it's such a lovely ship,

I hated to come down at all.

- How very flattering.

- But now I'm here, I'm awfully glad to see you...

- and did I ever tell you your eyes are mysterious-

- Pools of limpid twilight?

Heavens, is it Wednesday today?

Oh, did you know each-

Miss, uh- Miss-

- Cable for you, sir.

- Oh, thank you. Most timely.

Well, I'll tell you what I'll do.

I'll take you both out to tea

and I'll tell you all sorts of classic things...

that I thought up

in the air, all right?

Yes. Excuse me, darling- darlings.

Christopher, what is it?

I'm sorry.

I've got to go.


You again, Lynn.

Look here, you dumbbell,

I might have shot you.

Oh, how divine to be killed

at such loved hands.

The faithful attach decoding messages

of an empire on which the sun never sets.

- What does that say?

- Sorry.

Why, you know, those messages

might shake the world.

Oh, it's so romantic.

It's about as romantic

as reading the last census reports.

My, how you shatter my illusions.

And one illusion was that...

you might have thought enough of me

to come down to that tea fight.

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