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Tunes of Glory (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 September 1960 (Italy)
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

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
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Cpl. Piper Ian Fraser
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Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C.
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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
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Captain Alec Rattray
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2nd Lt. David Mackinnon
Keith Faulkner ...
Piper Adam
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Storyline

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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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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17 September 1960 (Italy)  »

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Ecos de gloria  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Susannah York. See more »

Goofs

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

Maj. 'Dusty' Miller: [Getting dressed hurriedly for dance lessons] Hand me my kilt of burning gold. Where are my plimsolls of desire? It's cruelty, that's what it is, cruelty. Margot Fonteyn couldn't suffer more.
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Connections

Referenced in The 52nd Annual Academy Awards (1980) See more »

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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Great Ensemble cast
21 March 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I think all the other reviewers have said just about everything regarding Tunes of Glory. Probably having the author of the novel the film is based on write the screenplay insured conveying just what the author intended about men in crisis. Alec Guinness and John Mills never did anything better, including the films each won Oscars for.

But the thing that most impressed me is the ensemble cast. Every role no matter how small is meticulously cast and the actors give well rounded performances. It is a lot like the military service films that John Ford did in America. In fact there's more than a passing resemblance to Fort Apache in the rivalry between Guinness and Mills here and John Wayne and Henry Fonda in Fort Apache. The comedy involving the enlisted men is pure Ford.

An absolute classic.


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