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Tunes of Glory (1960)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  20 December 1960 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maj. Jock Sinclair, D.S.O., M.M.
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Lt. Col. Basil Barrow (Battalion Commander)
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Maj. Charles 'Charlie' Scott, M.C. (Battalion Executive Officer)
Kay Walsh ...
Mary Titterington
John Fraser ...
Cpl. Piper Ian Fraser
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Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C. (Battalion Adjutant)
Duncan Macrae ...
Pipe Maj. Duncan MacLean
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RSM Riddick
Allan Cuthbertson ...
Capt. Eric Simpson
Paul Whitsun-Jones ...
Maj. 'Dusty' Miller (Mess President)
Gerald Harper ...
Maj. Hugo MacMillan
Richard Leech ...
Capt. Alec Rattray
Peter McEnery ...
2nd Lt. David MacKinnon
Keith Faulkner ...
Cpl. 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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20 December 1960 (USA)  »

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A dicsőség hangjai  »

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Alec Guinness was offered the role of Lt. Col. Barrow, but asked for the role of Maj. Sinclair instead; he then suggested John Mills for the other role. See more »

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Major Sinclair starts the first day of Colonel Barrow's command still wearing his previous acting Colonel rank. Half way through the day (between the assault course and watching the pipers) his rank changes to Major. Whilst it is possible he might have had his jacket altered over between the scenes, it is not possible that Colonel Barrow (a stickler for uniform regulations) would not have mentioned this at the start of the day. See more »

Quotes

Major Jock Sinclair: ...others, Pipe Major.
Pipe Maj. Duncan MacLean: 'Cock of the North,' sir.
Major Jock Sinclair: Ah, yon's a cheesy tune. You'll no play that.
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References Muffin the Mule (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

The Skye Boat Song
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Sir Harold Boulton
Tune collected by Annie MacLeod (Lady Wilson)
Whistled by Jock Sinclair
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searing portrayal by Guinness
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One of the marks of a truly great actor is the ability to do both comedy and heavy roles. To contrast Guinness's portrayal here of Jock Sinclair with, say, his Professor Marcus in 'The Ladykillers' is to become aware of the protean range of his talent. (One cannot imagine, for instance, John Wayne doing comedy.) To my mind Alec Guinness is the premier actor of the century; his performances have immeasurably enriched my inner life.

I am not as enamored of "Tunes of Glory" as I am of, say, "Bridge on the River Kwai," but it is without question a powerful movie. The conflict between Sinclair and Barrow is palpable; I think, in particular, of Mill's violently trembling rage during the dancing scene, and Guinness's dismissive ridicule of Barrow's deepest confidences ("toy soldiers!") during his attempt to con him into clemency. Sinclair's grief-stricken collapse at the end is truly an unforgettable scene and a tribute to Guinness's power.


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