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The Charge of the Light Brigade

The Charge of the Light Brigade(1936)

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Major Geoffrey Vickers of the 27th Bengal Lancers, and Sir Humphrey Harcourt, an English diplomat, visit the Amir Surat Khan of Suristan to tell him that funds previously guaranteed from the British government have been discontinued. Geoffrey recognizes the Khan's displeasure, but wins his personal loyalty when he saves the Khan's life during a leopard hunt. Geoffrey reports to Calcutta, where his fiancée, Elsa Campbell, is staying with her father, the colonel. While Geoffrey has been away, Elsa has fallen in love with his younger brother, Perry. Geoffrey refuses to believe Perry's revelation, and the brothers quarrel bitterly. Before they can settle their differences, Geoffrey is sent to Tartar, where he bravely outwits border tribesmen, and then to Chukoti where Colonel Campbell and Elsa are stationed. Perry, meanwhile, has been sent a few miles away to Lohara. There, Benjamin Warrenton is in command and is unaware that Surat Khan has been gathering forces at the border. When he orders Campbell's troops to march to Lohara on maneuvers, he leaves Chukoti vulnerable. The Khan raids the fort, slaughtering the inhabitants, including Colonel Campbell. Elsa and Geoffrey escape, and she finally convinces him that she truly loves Perry. Geoffrey gallantly accepts his personal defeat and protects Perry by sending him away from the ensuing battle. Meanwhile, the Kahn has joined with the Russians, and Sir Charles Macefield, commander of the British forces in the Crimea, sends orders with Geoffrey to Warrenton not to attack the Kahn. Geoffrey, spurred by his anger over the Chukoti massacre, rewrites the orders and leads a death charge against the Khan's stronghold near Balaklava. In the battle, the Kahn shoots and mortally wounds Geoffrey, but even as he is dying, he impales the evil prince. The sacrifice of Geoffrey and the six hundered Lancers, however, is not in vain. Macefield sends troops to support the fighting and Sebastopol is taken. Macefield then burns Geoffery's letter in which he admits his guilt, and takes full responsibilty for the charge.