The Black Watch

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The Black Watch
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Directed by John Ford
Produced by Winfield R. Sheehan
Written by
Based onKing of the Khyber Rifles (novel)
by Talbot Mundy
Starring
Music byWilliam Kernell
Cinematography Joseph H. August
Edited byAlex Troffey
Production
company
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • May 8, 1929 (1929-05-08)(USA)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The Black Watch is a 1929 American Pre-Code adventure epic film directed by John Ford and starring Victor McLaglen, Myrna Loy, and David Torrence. Written by James Kevin McGuinness based on the novel King of the Khyber Rifles by Talbot Mundy, the film is about a captain in the British Army's Black Watch regiment assigned to a secret mission in India just as his company is called to France at the outbreak of war. His covert assignment results in his being considered a coward by his fellows, a suspicion confirmed when he becomes involved in a drunken brawl in India that results in the death of another officer. The film features an uncredited 21-year-old John Wayne working as an extra; he also worked in the arts and costume department for the film. [1]

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John Ford American film director

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Victor McLaglen British-American actor

Victor Andrew de Bier Everleigh McLaglen was a British-American film actor. He was known as a character actor, particularly in Westerns, and made seven films with John Ford and John Wayne. McLaglen won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1935 for his role in The Informer.

Myrna Loy American film, television and stage actress

Myrna Loy was an American film, television and stage actress. Trained as a dancer, Loy devoted herself fully to an acting career following a few minor roles in silent films. She was originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp or a woman of Asian descent, but her career prospects improved greatly following her portrayal of Nora Charles in The Thin Man (1934).

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  1. "The Black Watch". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  2. "Full cast and crew for The Black Watch". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
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