Sunday, February 16, 2014

Khyber Patrol (1954)

Director: Seymour Friedman

Writers: Jack DeWitt, Richard Schayer

Composer: Irving Gertz

Starring: Richard Egan, Dawn Addams, Raymond Burr, Patric Knowles, Paul Cavanagh, Donald Randolph, Philip Tonge, Patrick O'Moore, Laura Mason, Charlita, Robin Hughes, Gavin Muir, Richard Reeves

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Adventure charges down from the wilds of India...

Plot: Britain's control of India is jeopardized when warlords Ahmed Shir (Burr) and Prince Ishak Khan (Randolph) battle at the Khyber Pass. Enter Capt. Kyle Cameron (Egan) of the British Lancers, whose renegade style may either save the day or doom the region to chaos. When Cameron learns that greater forces are pulling the strings, he attempts to destroy Shir's rebel faction from within.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Here's one of those few old adventure movies you can find on Netflix streaming.  It's not a bad way to 71 minutes.  Richard Egan is pretty bland and that hurts.  Just imagine what Errol Flynn could have done with this.  It's fun seeing Raymond Burr all done up as a native bad guy. There's not an awful lot of action but the final act has enough thrills and spills to almost make up for that if it weren't for the very abrupt conclusion.  Clearly shot in California to fill in for the Indian mountains, it would be easy to see this as a Western if you simply substituted the Indians for Indians.  Ahahahahahahaaha.

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