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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:
Major Jock Sinclair, D.S.O., M.M.
Lt. Col. Basil Barrow
Major Charles Scott, M.C.
Kay Walsh ...
Mary Titterington
John Fraser ...
Cpl. Piper Ian Fraser
Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C.
Duncan Macrae ...
Pipe Major Maclean
R.S.M. Riddick
Capt. Eric Simpson
Paul Whitsun-Jones ...
Major 'Dusty' Miller
Gerald Harper ...
Major Hugo Macmillan
Richard Leech ...
Captain Alec Rattray
2nd Lt. David Mackinnon
Keith Faulkner ...
Piper Adam


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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Release Date:

20 December 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ecos de gloria  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Joan Hickson can be seen among the party-guests at the castle just before Barrow blows his cool. A brief exchange with him appears to be edited out. See more »


At almost no stage does the bagpipe music we hear on the soundtrack match the pipers' fingering we see. In addition, during the band practice scene the band goes from being in step with the music (first beat of the bar on the left foot) to out of step to back in step again. See more »


Jock Sinclair: So, tell me Corporal, are your intentions honorable?
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searing portrayal by Guinness
9 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

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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