Rare! It is difficult to find this title on DVD or even on VHS these days. Not to mention, there are two cuts of this film. This is the 115-minute version.
In 1854, Major Geoffrey Vickers ( Errol Flynn ) and his brother, Captain Perry Vickers (Patric Knowles), are stationed at the fictional city of Chukoti in India, with the 27th Lancers of the British Army during the period of East India Company dominance over the Indian subcontinent. Perry has secretly betrayed Geoffrey by stealing the love of his fiancee Elsa (Olivia de Havilland).
During an official visit to local tributary rajah, Surat Khan ( C. Henry Gordon ), Geoffrey saves the rajah's life. Later, Surat Khan massacres the inhabitants of Chukoti (mainly the dependents of the lancers), and allies himself with the Russians, whom the British are fighting in the Crimean War. He spares Elsa and Geoffrey as they flee the slaughter to repay his debt to Geoffrey.
The love triangle and the quest for vengeance are both resolved at the Battle of Balaclava. Aware that Surat Khan is inspecting the Russian position opposite the 27th Lancers, Geoffrey Vickers secretly replaces the written orders of Sir Charles Macefield ( Henry Stephenson ) to the commander of the Light Brigade, Sir Benjamin Warrenton ( Nigel Bruce ).
Vickers then orders the famous suicidal attack so the lancers can avenge the Chukoti massacre. He writes a note to Macefield explaining his actions and forces his brother Perry to deliver it, sparing him from almost certain death. Just as in real life, the attack succeeds in reaching the Russian artillery positions. There, Vickers finds and kills Surat Khan, at the cost of his own life.
After receiving Vickers' note, Macefield takes responsibility for the charge and burns the note to protect Vickers' good name.
Errol Flynn as Major Geoffrey Vickers
Olivia de Havilland as Elsa Campbell
Patric Knowles as Captain Perry Vickers
Henry Stephenson as Sir Charles Macefield
Nigel Bruce as Sir Benjamin Warrenton
Donald Crisp as Colonel Campbell
David Niven as Captain Randall
C. Henry Gordon as Surat Khan
G. P. Huntley, Jr. as Major Jowett
Robert Barrat as Count Igor Volonoff
Spring Byington as Lady Octavia Warrenton
E. E. Clive as Sir Humphrey Harcourt
J. Carrol Naish as Subahdar-Major Puran Singh
Walter Holbrook as Cornet Barclay
Princess Baigum as Prema's Mother
Charles Sedgwick as Cornet Pearson
Scotty Beckett as Prema Singh
George Regas as Wazir
Helen Sanborn as Mrs. Jowett