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The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

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The Charge of the Light Brigade
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Release Date October 20, 1936
Language English
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Major Geoffrey Vickers Errol Flynn
Elsa Campbell Olivia de Havilland
Perry Vickers Patric Knowles
Colonel Campbell Donald Crisp
Captain Randall David Niven
Surat Khan C. Henry Gordon

The Charge of the Light Brigade is a 1936 American historical adventure film directed by Michael Curtiz (The Kennel Murder Case). The screenplay is based very freely on the historical The Charge of the Light Brigade and the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Calcutta 1854. The English major Geoffrey Vickers returns from a mission and learns that his fiancée Elsa turned to his brother Perry. Too late, Geoffrey also sees through a ruse by breakaway tribal leader Surat Khan that leads to a massacre in the garrison town of Chukoti. Geoffrey's brigade follows the refugee Khan to the front of the Crimean War. He arbitrarily orders the attack on Khan and drives his troops into a hopeless battle.

A later film was made in 1968 under the same name and stars Trevor Howard, John Gielgud, Harry Andrews and Vanessa Redgrave.

The following weapons were used in the film The Charge of the Light Brigade:


Percussion Cap Pistol

Some British officers are seen armed with Percussion Cap Pistols.

Promotional Picture of Errol Flynn holding the pistol.
Major Jowett (G. P. Huntley) with the pistol.

Remington Rolling Block Pistol

During the Battle of Balaclava, Surat Khan (C. Henry Gordon) takes a Remington Rolling Block single-shot pistol from a dead Russian officer to defend himself.

Remington Rolling Block Pistol - .50 caliber
Khan encounters Geoffrey Vickers during the battle with the Remington pistol.
He takes a shot.


Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine

Anachronistic Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbines are the most used rifle in the movie. Often seen mocked up as Flintlock musket carbines, it is used by British soldiers including Major Geoffrey Vickers (Errol Flynn), Colonel Campbell (Donald Crisp), Captain Randall (David Niven), Captain Perry Vickers (Patric Knowles) and Surat Khan's (C. Henry Gordon) men. Some unmodified carbines are also seen.

Replica Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70
Surat Khan's men ambush the British column.
British soldiers try to defend themselves during the ambush.
Close up of the "Flintlock".
Maj. Vickers with a carbine.
Left view of the British carbine.
Vickers and some of his men after the ambush.
During the siege of Chukoti, Vickers fires a Springfield.

Springfield Model 1888

Some full-length Springfield Trapdoor Springfield Rifles are seen mocked up to resemble Brown Bess Flintlock Muskets, Enfield Pattern 1853s and Jezail Muskets. In the end, Russian soldiers are also seen with the rifles mocked up as Infantry Musket M1845s. Like the carbines, some unmodified variant can be seen.

Original Springfield Model 1888 "Trapdoor Springfield" - .45-70 Govt.
Springfield rifles mocked up to resemble Jezail Muskets.
British soldier in the background shoulders a "musket" in Calcutta.
British-Indian auxiliary troops with their rifles.
Unmodified Springfields in the hands of Surat Khan's men.
Same as above.
Russian soldiers aiming their rifles.


Percussion Shotgun

Percussion Shotguns are used by various characters. Maj. Geoffrey Vickers is seen with one of them during a hunt.

Double Barreled Percussion Shotgun - 10 gauge
British civilian with a shotgun.
Maj. Vickers with a shotgun during hunting.


Various cannons are used by the British and Russian Army.


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