North West Frontier

Synopsis: In northwestern India soon after the turn of the 20th Century, Moslem rebels seek to kill a six-year-old Hindu prince to end his family line. Captain Scott of the British Army is ordered to get the prince out of the region safely. Adventure ensues as Scott sneaks the child away, through Moslem-held territory, by train. Also on board are the boy's American governess, an arms merchant, a cynical reporter, and two upper class Britons.
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Director(s): J. Lee Thompson
Production: 20th Century Fox
129 min

(Man) 'This is India.

The North West Frontier province. 1905.

'A country of many religions.

'Men find many reasons

for killing each other -

'greed, revenge, jealousy

'or perhaps because they worship God

by different names.

'Rebel fanatics are gathering in the hills.

'Their objective -

to kill a six-year-old boy

'because he is a prince

and the future leader of his people.

'His father, the Maharajah,

has appealed to us, the British,

'asking us to take his son

to the garrison town of Haserabad

'and then to send him to safety in Delhi.'

(Warlike shouting)



(Train whistle blows)

(Bugle call echoes)

(Distant shouting)




Ra! Ra! Rata cha!

Ra! Ra! Rata cha! Rata cha!

(Cannons boom)

Peechi jao! Peechi jao!

There's another gate along to the left!

For heaven's sake,

keep that door open.

Peechi! Peechi! Keep back!

I'm frightfully sorry, sir.

B Company. They gave it the right name.

Have they held the last train?

No, sir. They wouldn't have got away.

Damn! We'd better report.

- Still with me?

- Yes. For better or worse.

(Speaks Urdu)

- Yes, sahib.

- He'll be all right.

Of course. His people

have always been soldiers.

Sorry, there's no more I can do...

Captain Scott!

I demand an immediate escort away.

I'm so glad you got through.

We've been worried.

Mrs Wyatt, this is Mr Bridie.

He does all the work around here.

- His Excellency wants to see you.

- I'll report at once.

Will you come with me please,

Mrs Wyatt?

You don't seem to realise

that I am a British citizen. Look!

We're all British citizens,

Mr Peters, even without papers.

It's unforgivable I wasn't warned.

There's a cable office.

The lines were cut. Into the ballroom.

See Lady Windham.

I insist. You must take me

to the Governor at once!

There's nothing he can do.

The last train's gone.

I'm not blaming you. Having Mrs Wyatt

with you can't have made it any quicker.

She did pretty well, sir.

Not my idea of a governess.

Her husband was a fine doctor.

Saved the boy's life when he was a baby.

- We couldn't get him to leave.

- I didn't expect you would.

The important thing is Prince Kishan.

Delhi sent a special order -

get him out at once. Seems I've failed.

- (Knock on door)

- Yes?

- General Ames.

- Come in, Charles.

- You're a bit late.

- Scott did his best.

- Where's the boy, sir?

- In the library.

(Music box tinkles)

Your Highness, welcome to my home.

- Thank you, Your Excellency.

- He's very tired.

Mrs Wyatt, I met your husband

in Bombay. This is General Ames.

The last train has gone. We held it

for His Highness as long as we dared.

I promised I'd take him to safety.

I promised his father.

- He'll be safe here.

- What makes you think that?

This isn't an ordinary tribal uprising.

It's far bigger.

- We have no reason to believe so.

- I'm telling you.

Princes who fight each other

are on the same side.

- Rasjad, Hussein, even Rahim.

- She's perfectly right, sir.

If you'd have acted on my message

three days ago,

Prince Kishan would be safe.

- We are the best judges of that.

- I disagree.

The British never seem to do anything

until they've had tea.


I'm sorry, but that's the way

it seems to America.

Please forgive me.

Nobody told me you'd come.

My dear, you might have sent word.

Your Highness. Mrs Wyatt, isn't it?

I've heard of you.

- How do you do?

- The child looks exhausted.

So do you, Captain Scott.

I'm sure you're dying for a bath.

- I certainly am.

- I'll show you to your rooms.

- Thank you, Captain Scott.

- You're a good soldier.

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Robin Estridge

Robin Estridge, a.k.a. Robin York and Philip Loraine (1 May 1920 – 24 October 2002) was a British author of suspense fiction and screenwriter. more…

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