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Ice Cold in Alex (1958)

During WW2 in North Africa, a medical field unit must cross the desert in their ambulance in order to reach the British lines in Alexandria.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Captain Anson
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Sister Murdoch / Sister Diana Murdoch
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Captain van der Poel
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M.S.M. Pugh
Diane Clare ...
Sister Denise Norton
Richard Leech ...
Captain Crosbie
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Brigadier (D.D.M.S.)
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Brigadier's Staff Officer
David Lodge ...
C.M.P. Captain (Tank Trap)
Michael Nightingale ...
C.M.P. Captain (Check Point)
Basil Hoskins ...
C.M.P. Lieutenant (Alexandria)
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1st German Officer
Frederick Jaeger ...
2nd German Officer
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German Guard
Peter Arne ...
British Officer at Oasis
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Storyline

A group of army personnel and nurses attempt a dangerous and arduous trek across the deserts of North Africa during the second world war. The leader of the team dreams of his ice cold beer when he reaches Alexandria, but the problems just won't go away. Written by Rob Hartill

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ambulance | desert | beer | carlsberg | spy | See All (8) »

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From Tobruk to Alexandria... they had to make it... even if one of'em was a traitor!

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Release Date:

3 October 1958 (West Germany)  »

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Desert Attack  »

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Runtime:

| (1961) | (1958) (pre-censored)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The flies were so bad on location that most of the cast had to be sprayed with DDT, a chemical which is now banned. See more »

Goofs

The Military Policemen in the film are wearing RMP shoulder titles. They should be CMP. It was not until 1946 that King George VI granted the 'Royal' prefix to the Corps of Royal Military Police (RMP) in recognition of its outstanding wartime record. (CRMP was chosen to avoid confusion with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or RCMP) See more »

Quotes

Capt. Anson: [draining his glass of beer] Worth waiting for.
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Opening credits prologue: TOBRUK - 1942 See more »

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Excellent film
19 April 2005 | by (Tamworth United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I recently watched the film again after many years. It bears its age well and I had forgotten the number of nail-biting sequences: brigadier's car blown up, chase by Germans, second check by Germans, Anthony Quayle in the quicksand, and best of all, "winding" the ambulance up the sand cliff to get out of the Qattra Depression, etc. etc.

The four main characters play their roles well although my personal favourite is Anthony Quayle as the South African/German. He successfully conveys a figure of strength and confidence, balanced by a sense of defeatism when his true identity is revealed.

John Mills is solid in his playing of the worn-out but still dogged British officer although he is diminutive against Anthony Quayle and Harry Andrews.

Sylvia Sims is plucky and just about believable whilst Harrt Andrews is totally dependable as the sergeant.

Altogether a cracking film !


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