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The High Command (1938)

 -  Drama  -  15 July 1938 (USA)
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A general of the old school, who believes strongly in his own honour and sense of duty, must come to terms with a crime he commited years earlier, during the Irish War for Independence in 1921.

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Maj. Gen. Sir John Sangye, VC
Lucie Mannheim ...
Diana Cloam
Steven Geray ...
Martin Cloam (as Steve Geray)
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Capt. Heverell
Leslie Perrins ...
Maj. Carson
Allan Jeayes ...
H.E., the Governor
Michael Lambart ...
Lorne
Kathleen Gibson ...
Belinda
Tom Gill ...
Daunt
Wally Patch ...
Crawford
Archibald Batty ...
Capt. Coates (the prosecutor)
Henry Hewitt ...
Defence counsel
Drusilla Wills ...
Miss Isabella Hobson Tuff
Cyril Howe ...
Evan Thomas ...
Chief Justice
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A general of the old school, who believes strongly in his own honour and sense of duty, must come to terms with a crime he commited years earlier, during the Irish War for Independence in 1921.

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The virtues of bad movies
16 November 2009 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

This new DVD was in a bargain bin for 50 cents, and is likely only available (in a poor transfer with bad sound) because it provides an vehicle for a very young James Mason. It has the feel of a movie that would have been given to promising young director, along with a trifling budget and an unrealistic shooting schedule. Props seem to have been borrowed from earlier films, much of it is shot on the back lot, and most was probably the first take. The script was a bit too bookish and wasn't revised as needed; consequently the plot turns heavily on some rather minor points that are not given the necessary emphasis, result being that it takes close attention to figure out that the plot actually does make sense and the story is, in principle, quite promising, although weak direction and acting beat it down, with the editor delivering the coup de grace. Yet in these many flaws lies the film's strength: you can see all of the ways in which this is an amateurish production, and in so doing, you can see what they should have done to get it right. In other words, this film tells you a lot about how to make pictures right by showing you how to make them wrong. It shows you a journeyman's picture out of the heyday of the studio era, and in that sense is historically interesting; and finally, if you see the struggles of cast and crew objectively, you can sympathize with them; they started off with a decent script and good intentions, but were defeated by inexperience, limited resources and too little time. Thus this film works, accidentally, as a movie about making movies.


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