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Storm over Bengal

Storm over Bengal(1938)

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The film's working title was Bengal Lancer Patrol. Although Garret Fort was credited with the story and adaptation by New York Times and Variety, his name was not on the film or official studio billing sheets. The Screen Achievements Bulletin form, however, shows that Fort's name was removed from the credits on October 27, 1938. A letter from Republic Pictures dated September 28, 1938, which is contained in the AMPAS library file on the film, requested that Dorothy Tree and Guy Bellis' names be removed from cast lists and Pedro de Cordoba and Edward Van Sloan be added. Though Tree was identified in the film's viewing print, Bellis' part could not be confirmed and he May not have appeared in the final version of the picture. Several contemporary reviews pointed out that the film seemed to invite comparison with Paramount's 1935 hit Lives of a Bengal Lancer, (in which Richard Cromwell, Douglas Dumbrille and Colin Tapley also acted) but that the quality of Republic's offering was not as high. Music director Cy Feuer was nominated for an Academy Award in the Music (Scoring) category.