Gunga Din is a foreign adventure film where a group of military types get caught up in some of desert warfare. This type of story would be better handled the very same year in Beau Geste. However when it is specifically that element the movie works rather well with a nice sense of danger, and thrills throughout. The film gets sidetracked somewhat as a romantic comedy of sorts in the middle though which unfortunately feels like too much of detour despite Grant, McLaglen, and Fairbanks having pretty good chemistry as a trio. That always still feel like a distraction though for a large portion and the film does not really get going until they get back into the desert once again.