This British film, released in the United States under the name "Flame OVer India", takes place in India in 1905, during the time of the British Raj. As usual, there is some insurrection taking place in the Northwest frontier, and a Captain Scott (Kenneth Moore) is charged with taking a young Indian crown prince, along with Catherine Wyatt (Lauren Bacall), his American governess, to safety. The prince is a Hindu, and it seems that some Muslim rebels wish to kill him.
Captain Scott, who keeps a stiff upper lip at all times, commissions an old wreck of a train with an illustrious name, The Empress of India, to get him and his charges to safety. They board this train with several others, both British and Indian, one of whom harbors a traitorous secret. As the train chugs along several hundred miles towards safety, this hardy band is beset by insurrectionist ambushes, train trouble, and the machinations of the traitor amongst them.
Kenneth Moore is full of British derring-do as the beleaguered Captain who is nearly undone by the enemy within. Lauren Bacall, as a governess, seems a little like a fish out of water, but manages to hang onto her role. I. S. Johar is delightful in the role of Gupta, the loyal native train conductor who comically struggles with his English. Wilfrid Hyde-White is endearing in the role of Bridie, the quintessential British civil servant. Ursula Jeans is charming as the stalwart and resolute Lady Windham. Herbert Lom is appropriately sinister as the half-Dutch, half-Indian journalist, who has very decided views on British colonialism, as well as a secret agenda.
This is a gripping, action packed, old-fashioned adventure film that should appeal to all those who enjoy Anglo-Indian themes, as well as those who enjoy a well-written and well-acted film.