Tunes of Glory

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1960
  • Running time: 107 min
In Ronald Neame’s Tunes of Glory, the incomparable Alec Guinness plays Jock Sinclair—a whiskey-drinking, up-by-the-bootstraps commanding officer of a peacetime Scottish battalion. A lifetime military man, Sinclair expects respect and loyalty from his men. read more
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In Ronald Neame’s Tunes of Glory, the incomparable Alec Guinness plays Jock Sinclair—a whiskey-drinking, up-by-the-bootstraps commanding officer of a peacetime Scottish battalion. A lifetime military man, Sinclair expects respect and loyalty from his men. But when Basil Barrow (John Mills)—an educated, by-the-book scion of a military family—enters the scene as Sinclair’s replacement, the two men engage in a fierce struggle for control of both the battalion and the hearts and minds of its men. Based on the novel by James Kennaway and featuring flawless performances by Guinness and Mills, Tunes of Glory uses the rigid stratification of military life to comment on the institutional contradictions and class hierarchies of English society, making for an unexpectedly moving drama.

Original Release

09/17/1960

US Release

11/11/2012

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Cast

Alec Guinness Major Jock Sinclair, D.S.O., M.M. / Maj. Jock Sinclair, D.S.O., M.M.
John Mills Lt. Col. Basil Barrow / Lt. Col. Basil Barrow (Battalion Commander)
Dennis Price Major Charles Scott, M.C. / Maj. Charles 'Charlie' Scott, M.C. (Battalion Executive Officer)
Kay Walsh Mary Titterington
Susannah York Morag Sinclair
John Fraser Cpl. Piper Ian Fraser
Gordon Jackson Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C. / Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C. (Battalion Adjutant)
Duncan Macrae Pipe Major Maclean / Pipe Maj. Duncan MacLean
Percy Herbert R.S.M. Riddick / RSM Riddick
Allan Cuthbertson Capt. Eric Simpson
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Ronald Neame

Writers

James Kennaway

Cast

Alec Guinness Major Jock Sinclair, D.S.O., M.M. / Maj. Jock Sinclair, D.S.O., M.M.
John Mills Lt. Col. Basil Barrow / Lt. Col. Basil Barrow (Battalion Commander)
Dennis Price Major Charles Scott, M.C. / Maj. Charles 'Charlie' Scott, M.C. (Battalion Executive Officer)
Kay Walsh Mary Titterington
Susannah York Morag Sinclair
John Fraser Cpl. Piper Ian Fraser
Gordon Jackson Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C. / Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C. (Battalion Adjutant)
Duncan Macrae Pipe Major Maclean / Pipe Maj. Duncan MacLean
Percy Herbert R.S.M. Riddick / RSM Riddick
Allan Cuthbertson Capt. Eric Simpson
John Harvey Sergeant (Bridge Hotel)
Andrew Keir Cpl. Campbell / L
Gerald Harper Major Hugo Macmillan
Paul Whitsun-Jones Major 'Dusty' Miller
Richard Leech Captain Alec Rattray
Peter McEnery 2nd Lt. David Mackinnon
Keith Faulkner Piper Adam
Angus Lennie Orderly Room Clerk
Bryan Hulme Corporal Drummer
Eric Woodburn Landlord

Producers

Albert Fennell Executive Producer
Colin Lesslie Producer

Editors

Anne V. Coates

1961OscarBest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Nominated
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