The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

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A major countermands orders and attacks to avenge a previous massacre of men, women, and children.




  • Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn in The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
  • Errol Flynn in The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
  • Errol Flynn and Scotty Beckett in The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
  • The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
  • The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
  • C. Henry Gordon in The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

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Michael Curtiz


Alfred Lord Tennyson (poem), Michael Jacoby (original story), Michael Jacoby (screen play), Rowland Leigh (screen play)

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21 June 2006 | dougandwin
| It really was "Bring on the Empty Horses"
Director Michael Curtiz went all out in this 1936 version of "The Charge of the Light Brigade", and considering the era, he made a darn good job of it - sure, he threw history out of the window, and created a very fictitious story, but when it came to the actual Charge, it was a masterpiece of staging and direction. He was aided by that great pair - Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland (lovely as usual!) who kept the interest all the way through. The supporting cast was really star-studded, with Donald Crisp, Henry Stephenson, Nigel Bruce and Spring Byington, and in a very early role in his career, David Niven. If you had to pinpoint a weak link, it was Patric Knowles as Flynn's brother. But all that aside, it is a couple of hours of excitement and sheer entertainment while waiting for the Charge and what is going to happen to the nasty Surat Khan!! The remakes since, while having the benefits of far greater technical tools, falls way short of this epic.

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Did You Know?


In the famous charge scene, Errol Flynn, playing Capt. Vickers, is thrown to the ground when his horse is shot out from underneath him, jumps back up and leaps on a passing riderless horse. Although Flynn supposedly did the horse fall himself--he was a good horseman and liked to do his own stunts when possible--the man leaping up from the ground and mounting the passing horse is not Flynn but his longtime stunt double Buster Wiles.


Sir Humphrey Harcourt: How do you fellows manage to look so comfortably, Vickers?
Maj. Geoffrey Vickers: We may look it Sir, but we're not. They say the first 40 years are about the hottest up here on the frontier, after that you get used to it.
Sir Humphrey Harcourt: Really?


The way Perry's hand is on his sword changes, when he is told he is going to Lahara.

Crazy Credits

Opening credits: This production has its basis in history. The historical basis, however, has been fictionized for the purposes of this picture and the names of many characters, many characters themselves, the story, incidents and institutions, are fictitious. With the exception of known historical characters, whose actual names are herein used, no identification with actual persons, living or dead, is intended or should be inferred.

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Also available in a computer colorized version.


God Save the Tsar
(1833) (uncredited)
(Russian national anthem, 1833-1917)
Music by
Alexis Lvov
In the score during the charge at Balaklava


Plot Summary


Action | Adventure | Romance | War

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

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