Balaclava (film)

Balaclava is a 1928 British silent war film directed by Maurice Elvey and Milton Rosmer and starring Cyril McLaglen, Benita Hume, Alf Goddard, Harold Huth, and Wally Patch.[1] A British army officer is cashiered, and re-enlists as Private to take part in the Crimean War and succeeds in capturing a top Russian spy. The film climaxes with the Charge of the Light Brigade.[2] It was made by Gainsborough Pictures with David Lean working as a production assistant.

Balaclava at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Canada, after its release as a talkie
Directed byMaurice Elvey
Milton Rosmer
Produced byMichael Balcon
Written byBoyd Cable
Gareth Gundrey
W. P. Lipscomb
Angus MacPhail
Milton Rosmer
Robert Stevenson
Based on"The Charge of the Light Brigade"
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
StarringCyril McLaglen
Benita Hume
Alf Goddard
Miles Mander
Music byLouis Levy
CinematographyPercy Strong
James Wilson
Edited byIan Dalrymple
Distributed byWoolf & Freedman Film Service
Release date
  • 6 June 1928 (1928-06-06) (UK)
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageSilent (English intertitles) (1928 release)



Portions of Balaclava were reshot under the direction of Milton Rosmer with dialogue written by Robert Stevenson and it was rereleased using a synchronized soundtrack in April 1930.[3][4]


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