The Brigand Of Kandahar


The British army fights off rampaging locals in 1850s India.

Oliver Reed teams up with Hammer helmer John Gilling to buckle some swash in these two half-baked romps. In The Scarlet Blade, Ollie returns to England during the Civil War and squeezes his belly into Roundhead uniform alongside Lionel Jeffries’ sadistic colonel.

Given Reed’s cavalier style, he’s clearly on the wrong side… In The Brigand Of Kandahar he wears blackface and a turban as a tribal leader fighting army Redcoats in 1850s India. Shot at Elstree, it’s unremarkable, Sunday-afternoon nostalgia for Britain’s lost empire.

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