|King of the Khyber Rifles|
|Directed by||Henry King|
|Produced by||Frank P. Rosenberg|
|Written by||Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts (screenplay)|
Harry Kleiner (story)
|Based on||King of the Khyber Rifles|
by Talbot Mundy
|Music by||Bernard Herrmann|
|Edited by||Barbara McLean|
|Distributed by||Twentieth Century Fox|
|Box office||$2.6 million (US rentals); $3.5 million (foreign rentals)|
King of the Khyber Rifles is a 1953 adventure film directed by Henry King and starring Tyrone Power and Terry Moore. The film shares its title but little else with the novel King of the Khyber Rifles (1916) by Talbot Mundy. This novel was also the basis for John Ford's The Black Watch (1929). The Khyber Pass scenes were shot in the Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California. Released by 20th Century Fox, the film was one of the first shot in Technicolor CinemaScope.
In 1857, freshly-arrived Sandhurst-trained Captain Alan King (Tyrone Power), survives an attack on his escort to his North-West Frontier Province garrison near the Khyber Pass because of Ahmed, a native Afridi deserter from the Muslim fanatic rebel Karram Khan's (Guy Rolfe) forces. King was born locally and speaks Pashto. As soon as his fellow officers learn that his mother was a native Muslim (which got his parents disowned even by their own families), he falls prey to stubborn prejudiced discrimination. Lieutenant Geoffrey Heath (John Justin) even moves out of their quarters.
Brigadier General J. R. Maitland (Michael Rennie), whose policy is full equality among whites, learns that King knew Karrum Khan as a boy and charges him with training and commanding the native cavalry. The general's daughter, Susan Maitland (Terry Moore), takes a fancy to Alan, even falls in love, but the general decides to send her home to England after a kidnap attempt which was foiled by King. King volunteers to engage Karram Khan, the only man who can bring the normally divided local tribes together in revolt, pretending to have deserted.
In January 1953 Fox announced the film would be one of a series of "super specials" the studio would make in CinemaScope.