Gunga Din. 1939. USA. Directed by George Stevens. Screenplay by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Joel Sayre, Fred Guiol, based on the poem by Rudyard Kipling. With Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. 35mm. 117 min.
Three uproarious British officers are posted to British India in the 19th century, during the Thuggee unrest. They’re an all-for-one and one-for-all group. Until, that is, someone wants to get married and return to England, and a prank on the impending husband lands the trio in a Thuggee trap. Fairbanks remains magically crisp and cool in his khaki uniform despite the horrendous heat, dust, and sand.