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Tunes of Glory (1960)

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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:
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
Allan Cuthbertson ...
Capt. Eric Simpson
Paul Whitsun-Jones ...
Major 'Dusty' Miller
Gerald Harper ...
Major Hugo Macmillan
Richard Leech ...
Captain Alec Rattray
Peter McEnery ...
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 <>

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Colonel Jock Sinclair drank with his officers...and sang and danced with them...until that day when a shot rang out AND HE STOOD ALONE! See more »




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Release Date:

20 December 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ecos de gloria  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 »


Pipe Major MacLean is never shown with a set of bagpipes. In particular, he is a mere observer at band practice. A pipe major is not only the leader of the band but also its chief instructor, and it is unthinkable that he would not play an active role in all practices. See more »


Jock Sinclair: That's a cheesy tune!
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References Muffin the Mule (1946) See more »


A Gordon for Me
Lyrics and Music by Robert Wilson
Sung by Jock Sinclair and other officers in the mess
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The art of acting
15 August 2000 | by (warren michigan) – See all my reviews

I finally had the chance to see this film in its entirety on Bravo a few days ago. Ronald Neame was not a director of the first rank, and he probably wasnt even a director of the second, but this is NOT a directors picture. It is a picture carried by superb acting and a brilliant script.I am now convinced that Guinness was one of the greatest screen actors that ever lived-if not the greatest.. This performance surpasses even his Colonel Nicholson in Bridge on the River Kwai, or his magnificent performances in the Ealing comedies. His boorish, arrogant, but oddly touching and vulnerable Jock Sinclair is a full length portrait worthy of Rembrandt-or Dostoevsky.John Mills, as the "by the book " colonel, whose aloof exterior hides enormous psychic scars, is almost equally good.Dennis Price, as a friend who turns his back on Sinclair, and the superb Gordon Jackson ( he was a great actor long, long before Upstairs Downstairs)as a restrained, sensitive officer who tries ineffectually to help both antagonists, are almost equally good. All of the other performances are very fine.The films beautifully written, sometimes funny, usually achingly sad script is a profound meditation on honor, tradition, repression and class conflict. Guinnesses soliloquy at the end is one of the most heart-breaking moments in all of film.

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