Tunes of Glory

The British cinema is littered with movies (from Bridge on the River Kwai to Tiara Tahiti) purporting to explore the military mind and caste ethics, but withdrawing into compromise before getting anywhere much. Here (an adaptation by James Kennaway of his own novel), as the English martinet taking over a Highland regiment in its bleak Scottish quarters, Mills comes across with rather more conviction than Guinness as his raffishly pawky predecessor, 'Jock' Sinclair. The clash of native temperaments and military customs between the two, leading both to mental crack-ups, has the stuff of real drama to it, but is gradually frittered away into silly sentimental melodramatics.

Release details

Duration: 107 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ronald Neame
Screenwriter: James Kennaway
Cast: Alec Guinness
John Mills
Susannah York
Kay Walsh
Dennis Price
John Fraser
Duncan Macrae
Gordon Jackson
Allan Cuthbertson
Peter McEnery

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george spence

First of all,I do not agree with the review from the 'Time Out Film Guide'......"gradually frittered away etc."What is frittered away?Yes,John Mills gave a magnificent performance as Basil Barrow,but to me,Alec Guinness' portrayal of Jock Sinclair was quite simply wonderful - acting at its supreme best.As for the 'silly sentimental melodramatics - NONSENSE!! the scenes referred to were an integral part of a truly marvellous film.The attention to fine detail,costumes,sets were super.The casting was perfect;Alec Guinness And John Mills displayed acting talent at its peak - how I wish they wre around today,they could teach a lot of today's so called actors how to REALLY act.

george spence

First of all,I do not agree with the review from the 'Time Out Film Guide'......"gradually frittered away etc."What is frittered away?Yes,John Mills gave a magnificent performance as Basil Barrow,but to me,Alec Guinness' portrayal of Jock Sinclair was quite simply wonderful - acting at its supreme best.As for the 'silly sentimental melodramatics - NONSENSE!! the scenes referred to were an integral part of a truly marvellous film.The attention to fine detail,costumes,sets were super.The casting was perfect;Alec Guinness And John Mills displayed acting talent at its peak - how I wish they wre around today,they could teach a lot of today's so called actors how to REALLY act.