Northwest Frontier. 2 x 800ft Agfa Walton print

#1 by Tom Photiou , Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:39 pm

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Tonight we viewed this excellent British drama film from 1959 starring Kenneth Moore, Lauren Bacall, Herbert Lom & Wilfred Hyde White.
This is a film we had for many years that we bought from Roger Lily here in Plymouth. It was a good print but suffered with quite a bit of scratching as it was an ex library print.
Well, a few years ago this print came up on ebay. It was in its original hard plastic cases with all labels, it had never been cut in any way as all leaders and tails were intact and the images looked very good.
I won the bidding of around the 55 pound mark and we were very pleased with the result. Just a few minor light lines here and there and an excellent colour print all round with very good sound. I sold the other one for around 40 so it was well worth it.
This film is well edited down to around 80 minutes from its original length of 129 minutes. A good improvement would be to get hold of an IB Tech 16mm scope version. That would look very good with all the scenic shots in this movie.
Here is the plot with the help of wiki.
In 1905 on the North West Frontier of British India, a Hindu Maharajah asks British Army Captain Scott (Kenneth More) to take his young son, Prince Kishan, to the safety of the Governor's residence in Haserabad due to a Muslim uprising in his province. Accompanying them is the prince's nanny/governess, an American widow named Mrs. Wyatt (Lauren Bacall). They leave shortly before the rebels storm the palace and kill the prince's father, the Maharajah.
On arrival at Haserabad, Captain Scott sees that many local Hindus and Europeans are leaving on the last train to Kalapur. The Muslim rebels soon close in and take control of the outer wall and gate beside the railway yard. The British governor tells Scott that he must take the young prince to Kalapur for his safety. In the railyard, the British captain discovers the Empress of India, an old engine with carriage cared for by its driver Gupta (I. S. Johar).
Early the next morning, Captain Scott quietly loads the passengers onto the old train. They include Mrs. Wyatt, Prince Kishan, arms dealer Mr. Peters (Eugene Deckers), British ex-pat Mr. Bridie (Wilfrid Hyde-White), Lady Wyndham (the governor's wife), two Indians NCOs, and half-Dutch, half-Indonesian Muslim journalist Mr. Peter van Leyden (Herbert Lom). The Empress quietly freewheels down a gradient and out of the yard, but unexpectedly sounds her whistle, alerting the rebels, so Gupta engages the steam, crashing through the outer gate.
Later that morning, the train encounters the earlier refugee train; everyone on board has been massacred by the rebels. Despite being told not to by Captain Scott, Mrs. Wyatt leaves the Empress and finds one survivor, a baby.
The next morning, the train must stop because a portion of the track has been blown up. Mrs. Wyatt spots the signalling flashes of a heliograph atop a mountain summit, and everyone quickly realises that the Muslim rebels are waiting in the surrounding mountains. With track repairs barely finished by the occupants, the train gets away under a hail of rebel gunfire; Gupta is wounded but survives.
Later that day, while stopping to refill the engine's water tank, Scott walks into the pump house to find Van Leyden allowing Prince Kishan to stand dangerously close to the pump's rapidly spinning flywheel. During the night, Mr. Van Leyden again, in a sinister fashion, approaches the prince only to notice Lady Wyndham watching him.
The train reaches a bomb-damaged viaduct/bridge, although the rails remain largely intact. All the passengers carefully traverse a rail on the bridge's damaged section to alleviate extra weight on the train that will follow them. Again, Van Leyden's behaviour nearly results in the prince's death by letting him fall from the bridge. Captain Scott accuses Van Leyden of trying to kill the prince, and he places the reporter under arrest. After that, Captain Scott, under Gupta's guidance, carefully manoeuvres the train across the broken bridge section.
Later, while going through a tunnel, Van Leyden uses the opportunity to overpower his guard. He uses a Maxim machine gun to hold the passengers at bay. He is unable to kill Prince Kishnan because the boy is with Captain Scott in the locomotive's cab. Scott returns to the carriage with the young prince after spotting more rebel heliograph signals, but they are saved when Van Leyden is knocked off balance by a kick from Mr. Bridie. Scott pursues him onto the carriage roof but it is Mrs. Wyatt who shoots and kills Van Leyden just as he is about to kill Scott. The Muslim rebels catch up with the train on horseback but have to stop their attack when the Empress enters a two-mile-long hillside tunnel. On the other side, the train reaches the safety of Kalapur. At the station, young Prince Kishan is met by his Hindu entourage, Gupta is taken to hospital, Lady Wyndham is informed that her husband, the governor, is safe, and Scott and Mrs. Wyatt leave together.


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RE: Northwest Frontier. 2 x 800ft Agfa Walton print

#2 by Mark Mander ( deleted ) , Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:50 pm

A very good film Tom, I have this too and also the flat and scope 400 footers, Kenneth More made some wonderful films,Mark


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#3 by David Ollerearnshaw , Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:17 pm

Always wanted this film, but was hoping Walton would do a scope version of the feature, but they never did. I think the only scope feature they did was Hannie Caulder. Glad to say they did a few 400ft one too.


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#4 by David Skillern , Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:32 pm

Ive also got a copy of this and it's a great boys own adventure and kenneth more is great in this.


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RE: Northwest Frontier. 2 x 800ft Agfa Walton print

#5 by Tom Photiou , Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:48 pm

Walton did a good job of the editing on this one too. It is a shame they didn't do the feature in scope as well.


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