THE BLACK WATCH
DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD
PRODUCED BY WILLIAM R. SHEEHAN
FOX FILM CORPORATION
Screenshots Courtesy of Elly, Duke is just visible on the very far right.
Information From IMDb
Just as World War I breaks out, Captain Donald King of the British Army
goes to India, and convinces his comrades that he is a coward.
However in reality, he is on a secret mission to rescue
British soldiers held prisoner there.
Written by ethanedwards
Victor McLaglen ... Capt. Donald Gordon King
Myrna Loy ... Yasmani
David Rollins ... Lt. Malcolm King
Lumsden Hare ... Colonel of the Black Watch
Roy D'Arcy ... Rewa Ghunga
Mitchell Lewis ... Mohammed Khan
Cyril Chadwick ... Maj. Twynes
Claude King ... General in India
Francis Ford ... Maj. MacGregor
Walter Long ... Harrim Bey
David Torrence ... Field Marshal
Frederick Sullivan ... General's Aide
Richard Travers ... Adjutant
Pat Somerset ... O'Connor, Black Watch Officer
David Percy ... Soloist, Black Watch Oofficer
Joseph Diskay ... Muezzin
Joyzelle Joyner ... Dancer (as Joyzelle)
Harry Allen ... Sandy (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... 42nd Highlander (uncredited)
Arthur Clayton ... 42nd Highlander (uncredited)
Gregory Gaye ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Sandy's Wife (uncredited)
Bob Kortman ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Tom London ... 42nd Highlander (uncredited)
Arthur Metcalfe ... 42nd Highlander (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Randolph Scott ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Phillips Smalley ... Doctor (uncredited)
Lupita Tovar ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Duke Morrison ... Extra (uncredited)
James Kevin McGuinness writer
Talbot Mundy novel "King of the Khyber Rifles"
John Stone writer
Joseph H. August
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward O'Fearna .... assistant director
Duke Morrison .... props
* This was the first sound feature that John Ford directed. Unable to shout orders to the actors, he had his brother, First Assistant Edward O'Fearna dress up as a rifleman and mingle with the crowd whispering Ford's instructions to the principal actors.
John Ford had notched up almost 50 films in the director's chair when he took on this project in the late 20's coinciding with the advent of sound.
Far less well known than its 1953 re-make (known AS KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES) with Tyrone Power in the Victor McLlaglen role, the story is that of British Army Officer Captain King, who encounters way more than he expected when he is asked to put down an Indian rebellion up around the Khyber Pass.
Very dated now and without the benefit of wide screen color which so enhances desert dramas especially, BLACK WATCH is still an interesting time-capsule.
Compare this with the later version, to see how John Ford's direction held up in 1929. On both counts, the film scored well!