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||IMDB Rating: 6.2/10 from votes
||Release: 5 December 1952 (West Germany) /
||Genre: Drama, War
||Director: Jo Swerling,
||Stars: Alan Ladd, Cecil Kellaway, Charles Boyer, Charles Lung, Corinne Calvet, Deborah Kerr, John Abbott, John Williams, Leonard Carey, Marc Cavell, Nelson Welch, Philip Bourneuf
||Synopsis: During India's first years of independence from Britain, Steve Gibbs lands his armaments loaded plane in Ghandahar province hoping to get rich. Pacifist Prime Minister Singh hopes to reach an agreement with guerilla leader Khan, the maharajah is a fool, and the British residents are living in the past. Steve's love interest is Joan Willoughby, the blind daughter of a parson. Written by Ed Stephan <[email protected]>
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I liked "Thunder in the East," a 1952 release for this film, made in
This film looks to have been made on a smallish budget and takes place
in the first years of India's freedom from Britain. A man named Steve
Gibbs (Alan Ladd) flies in a plane filled with armaments in the
Ghandahar province in order to sell them. However, the Prime Minister,
Singh (Charles Boyer) wants to achieve a peaceful resolution with the
leader of the guerrillas, Khan.
The British living in India are delusional, not realizing that the
guerrillas are about to attack. The ones who do get out end up dead en
route. Gibbs meets Joan Willoughby (Deborah Kerr) and her parson father
(Cecil Kellaway) and manages to meet the maharajah, who defers to the
Prime Minister and then leaves the country for the winter.
Gibbs offers his plane, but he gouges the people wanting to leave,
which angers Joan, who was falling for him. Now she turns against him
and no one will give into what they call blackmail. They gather at the
palace, waiting for the guerrillas to attack, and hope that the Prime
Minister will let them use the guns he has.
There are a couple of problems with this film. One is the casting of
Charles Boyer and his French accent and heavy makeup. I have to say, he
was wonderful. He was an underrated actor, but miscast.
The script has a few clichés, particularly the hard core businessman
falling for a sweet, altruistic woman. Nevertheless, it certainly held
I read some complaints about the ending, which for me was the best part
of the film. Very dramatic and very exciting. As far as the Prime
Minister's beliefs, he was a human being and acted on an injustice
viscerally. His idealism went out the window, and that's okay. That's
what happens sometimes.
Alan Ladd did a good job in a Bogart-type role. I never considered him
much of an actor, but that monotone type of line reading works fine in
this type of part, as it did in his film noirs. Deborah Kerr was lovely
as a good woman who prides herself on her independence and fearful of
The film was probably trying to make the point that Gandhi was an
idiot, and that following his principles wasn't a good idea. Not sure
I'd conclude that in all cases. Maybe in this one.
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, Cecil Kellaway
, Charles Boyer
, Charles Lung
, Corinne Calvet
, Deborah Kerr
, John Abbott
, John Williams
, Leonard Carey
, Marc Cavell
, Nelson Welch
, Philip Bourneuf
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