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The Sunday Film: 55 Days at Peking


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starring Charlton Heston Ava Gardner , David Niven
June 1900. As Major Matt Lewis rides into Peking with a detachment of Marines, he is appalled to see an American missionary killed by a group of men wearing the red sashes of the Boxer rebels. Within a few days isolated riots have escalated to a formal war against foreigners, and Lewis finds himself in charge of defending the 11 embassies in Peking's Legation City. The British envoy, Sir Arthur Robertson , persuades the other diplomats not to surrender to the Chinese, but as weeks pass without the expected reinforcements the situation seems hopeless. Meanwhile, a romance is growing between the American Major and Russian Baroness Ivanoff ...
Screenplay PHILIP YORDAN , BERNARD GORDON Produced by SAMUEL BRONSTON Directed by NICHOLAS RAY Films: page 11


Unknown: Charlton Heston
Unknown: Ava Gardner
Unknown: David Niven
Unknown: Major Matt Lewis
Unknown: Arthur Robertson
Unknown: Philip Yordan
Unknown: Bernard Gordon
Produced By: Samuel Bronston
Directed By: Nicholas Ray
Maj Matt Lewis: Charlton Heston
Baroness Natalie Ivanoff: Ava Gardner
Sir Arthur Robertson British Envoy: David Niven
Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi: Flora Robson
Sgt Harry: John Ireland
Fr de Beam: Harry Andrews
Gen Jung-Lu: Leo Genn
Prince Tuan: Robert Helpmann
Cot Shiba: Ichizo Itami
Baron Sergei Ivanoff: Kurt Kasznar
Julliard: Philippe Leroy
Dr Steinfeldt: Paul Lukas
Teresa: Lynne Sue Moon
Lady Sarah Robertson: Elizabeth Sellars
Garibaldi: Massimo Serato
Maj Bobrinski: Jacques Sernas
Lieut Andy Marshall: Jerome Thor

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The Sunday Film: 55 Days at Peking

BBC One London, 9 August 1981 19.15

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