The Queen's Guards

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Powell's sad farewell to British features was, by his own admission, crippled by lack of any conviction in the script. In a series of flashbacks from a Trooping the Colour ceremony, a young officer (Daniel Massey) remembers the abiding family problem: his dead brother is forever held up to him as an example by their military father, who is totally obsessed with the pride of the service. Despite an imposing performance by Raymond Massey in this role, neither the period frolics (which include a visit to a 'beat' club) nor the ponderous heroics carry much conviction, with only the faintest whiff of the flair or emotion that infused The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.

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Duration: 110 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Powell
Screenwriter: Roger Milner
Cast: Daniel Massey
Robert Stephens
Raymond Massey
Ursula Jeans
Judith Stott
Elizabeth Shepherd
Duncan Lamont
Ian Hunter
Jess Conrad
Jack Watling
Andrew Crawford
Nigel Green
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