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Tunes of Glory (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 December 1960 (USA)
Major Jock Sinclair has been in this Highland regiment since he joined as a boy piper. During the Second World War, as Second-in-Command, he was made acting Commanding Officer. Now the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Major Jock Sinclair, D.S.O., M.M.
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Lt. Col. Basil Barrow
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Major Charles Scott, M.C.
Kay Walsh ...
Mary Titterington
John Fraser ...
Cpl. Piper Ian Fraser
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Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C.
Duncan Macrae ...
Pipe Major Maclean
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R.S.M. Riddick
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Capt. Eric Simpson
Paul Whitsun-Jones ...
Major 'Dusty' Miller
Gerald Harper ...
Major Hugo Macmillan
Richard Leech ...
Captain Alec Rattray
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2nd Lt. David Mackinnon
Keith Faulkner ...
Piper Adam
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Major Jock Sinclair has been in this Highland regiment since he joined as a boy piper. During the Second World War, as Second-in-Command, he was made acting Commanding Officer. Now the regiment has returned to Scotland, and a new commanding officer is to be appointed. Jock's own cleverness is pitted against his new CO, his daughter, his girlfriend, and the other officers in the Mess. Written by Aryk Nusbacher <nusbacher-a@rmc.ca>

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Trivia

John Mills wore his regimental kilt once more, when he portrayed a Highland Officer in a wartime P.O.W. sketch on the Morecambe and Wise Show. See more »

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When Jock is driven from the barracks in a Landrover at the movie's conclusion, the rear seats are green. When the Landrover is seen externally a few seconds later, the seats are white. See more »

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[while watching the pipers practice, Barrow notes that some of the men are not wearing the proper caps]
Major Jock Sinclair: Colonel, there's a tradition here...
Lt. Col. Basil Barrow: I'm all in favor of good tradition.
Major Jock Sinclair: I've always let the pipers wear pretty well what they please at band practice.
Lt. Col. Basil Barrow: Because you've let them wear what they like just doesn't make it a tradition!
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Soundtracks

A Gordon for Me
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Lyrics and Music by Robert Wilson
Sung by Jock Sinclair and other officers in the mess
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Tunes was indeed Glorious
25 June 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Such a fitting picture was Tunes of Glory, that Sir Alec Guinness himself declared it in his autobiography one of his favorite roles. The mood of the film was perfectly captured by a cast of outstanding British character actors, led most ably by Gordon Jackson, in the world of post wartime Britain. The barricks/castle backdrop is itself a character in the film. However, its indeed an actor's film. Guinness's soliloquy at the end of the movie is worth the "price of admission" and should be mandatory for any would-be actor to view prior to entering the trade. Guinness is matched scene for scene with John Mills portrayal of Col Barrows. Movies such as this and Carol Reed's "The Third Man" with Orson Wells was the backbone of two decades of outstanding British cinema. This movie joined an impressive list of movies to be ignored by Academy of Motion Pictures and the Oscar. If nothing else the soundtrack is a bagpipe lover's dream. In a personal aside (chance for name dropping) I had the opportunity to met Gregory Peck once, and he in a brief moment he was asked about great performances in great roles, and without hesitation chose Guinness's Colonel Sinclair as one of his top three comtemporary performances (first of course was his Attackus Finch in "To Kill A Mockingbird". High praise indeed.


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