|The Black Watch|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Ford|
|Produced by||Winfield R. Sheehan|
|Based on||King of the Khyber Rifles (novel)|
by Talbot Mundy
|Music by||William Kernell|
|Cinematography||Joseph H. August|
|Edited by||Alex Troffey|
|Distributed by||Fox Film Corporation|
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