Black & White Production Still
8 Inches by 10 Inches (28cm x 18cm)
Directed by Allan Davis the 1953 production of Rogue's March is a retelling of A. E. W. Mason's oft-filmed The Four Feathers with the scene of action being transplanted from the Sudan to India's Northwest Frontier.
Lawford plays the disgraced Captain Dion Lenbridge who rejoins his regiment disguised as Private Harry Simms to prove his worth and win back his true love.
The film was slated to be filmed on location in India but most of the action sequences were lifted for other similarly themed MGM films with any new outdoor locations film at Vasquez Rocks, a much-used film location outside Los Angeles. The location served as the battleground between Captain Kirk and the Gorn in the original Star Trek series (1967) and is where Harvey Korman in his Blazing Saddles (1974) role of Hedley Lamarr gives his "Go do that voodoo that you do so well." speech.
Born Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen, Peter Lawford (1923-1984) was the illegitimate son of British Lieutenant-General Sir Sydney Turing Barlow Lawford, KBE (1865-1953) and May Sommerville Bunny (1883-1972). At the time of Peter's birth, however, his mother was married to Dr. Capt. Ernest Vaughn Aylen, one of Sir Sydney's officers. Besides his acting career, Lawford was most widely known as a member of Frank Sinatra's infamous "Rat Pack" and as the brother-in-law of President
John F. Kennedy.
In this photograph, Lawford is armed with an 1891 Mauser rifle. Apparently, the film's production staff was unable to find a sufficient number of historically correct Lee-Metford or Lee-Enfield rifles and resorted to the 91 Mauser which possesses a similar silhouette.