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Guns at Batasi (1964) Poster

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Mia Farrow replaced Britt Ekland at the last minute.
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Although Regimental Sergeant Major Lauderdale (Sir Richard Attenborough) demands that a royal portrait of the Queen of England was hung behind the bar of the mess, it remains unseen all throughout the movie. Probably because of the ending scene when Lauderdale angrily throws a glass of whiskey on it and breaks it. Showing the portrait of Elizabeth II would have been outrageous and liable of censorship.
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Based on the 1962 novel "The Siege of Battersea" by Robert Holles.
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Mia Farrow Mia Farrow, who filmed the pilot for 20th Century Fox's "Peyton Place" Peyton Place (1964) - her and the studio's iconic series and television's first prime-time soap opera - became a last minute replacement for Britt Ekland Britt Ekland. The young Swedish actress had bailed on her commitment to co-star as Karen Eriksson in order to remain at the hospital bedside of her lover and and new husband, Peter Sellers, who'd infamously experienced a heart attack while in the throws of passion with her in Los Angeles, the night of April 5, 1964. Ekland's Swedish ethnicity was an obvious selling point on her playing a character who's last name is Eriksson, very Scandinavian sounding, while Farrow's features look far from Scandinavian. Sellers' recovery was slow, six months. Meanwhile, upon completing English lensed "Guns at Batasi" for 20th Century Fox, the studio signed Farrow to a contract for both film and television and immediately put her to work on the small screen as ABC had ordered "Peyton Place" as a serialized half hour, uniquely designed for twice-a-week airings, beginning in September 1964.
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Mia Farrow Mia Farrow, who in October 1963 in Hollywood filmed the pilot for 20th Century Fox's "Peyton Place" Peyton Place (1964) - the basis for her and the studio's iconic series and television's first prime-time soap opera - became a last minute replacement for Britt Ekland Britt Ekland. The young Swedish actress had bailed on her commitment to co-star as Karen Eriksson in order to remain at the hospital bedside of her lover and and new husband, Peter Sellers, who'd infamously experienced a heart attack while in the throws of passion with her in Los Angeles, the night of April 5, 1964. Ekland's Swedish ethnicity was an obvious selling point on her playing a character who's last name is Eriksson, very Scandinavian sounding, while Farrow's features look far from Scandinavian. Sellers' recovery was slow, six months. Meanwhile, upon completion of filming "Guns at Batasi" in England for 20th Century Fox, the studio signed Farrow to a contract for both film and television and immediately put her to work on the small screen as ABC had ordered "Peyton Place" as a serialized half hour, uniquely designed for twice-a-week airings, beginning in September 1964.
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Opening credits: All people, events and places depicted in this film are entirely imaginary and any resemblance to any person, living or dead, or to any real events or places, is entirely coincidental.
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Despite what is posted above, the portrait of the Queen on horseback is seen several times throughout the movie above the bar in the Sergeants' mess.
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