Cinema: Gunga Dumb

CONDUCT UNBECOMING Directed by MICHAEL ANDERSON Screenplay by ROBERT ENDERS

The subject is the twilight of Empire. The year is 1878, but already night has fallen all along India's northwest frontier. Someone in the 20th Indian Light Cavalry is assaulting women. The entire regiment is in a flap. Surly, cynical Second Lieut. Edward Millington (James Faulkner) is accused of brutalizing comely Marjorie Scarlett (Susannah York), widow of a regimental hero.

The assault on Mrs. Scarlett was not merely an attempted rape, but a grotesque sexual debasement in which the woman was treated as...

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