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Dining Room Battles16 Jun 2022 8:35 a.m. PST

Originally published August 4, 2019. SGT Archibald Cutter (Cary Grant), SGT 'Mac' MacChesney (Victor McLaglen), and SGT Thomas 'Tommy' Ballantine (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) sculpted during the part of the movie when SGT MacChesney orders and leads the charge of his command across the rooftops of the fictional town of Tantrapur.

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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2022 6:12 p.m. PST

One of my favorite "Imperial" movies. Even in my youthful jingoistic phase I was impressed by the dignity and courage afforded the Guru and Gunga Din.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2022 5:21 p.m. PST

Yes, Shagnasty, same for me. No surprise that the Guru is the source of my TMP/hobby monicker…

SGT. MACCHESNEY: "You're mad!"

THE GURU: "'Mad'?! Caesar was mad, Hannibal was mad, and surely Napoleon was the maddest of the lot! Since the beginning of time they've called 'mad' all the great soldiers of the world! We shall see what wisdom lies behind my madness!"

The Guru is the villain but he is an smart & brave fellow worthy of respect. And Gunga Din of course is a better man than I am… or any of the other heroes in the story are… at least according to the silent, bespectacled Mister Kipling.

It's been too long since I've watched it. Father's Day is this Sunday… maybe I will treat myself to a viewing. Thanks for posting this, Neil!

Dining Room Battles18 Jun 2022 1:01 p.m. PST

Anytime. You can check out on Blogs of War my post on the Mad Guru.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Jun 2022 12:36 p.m. PST

Great movie. The only problem with the Guru is he would have been smart enough to realize that without him his movement was going to collapse. He would have worked out some solution that got him what he wanted and left him alive.

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