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Director:
Writers:
James Kennaway (novel)
James Kennaway (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 December 1960 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
Major Jock Sinclair has been in this Highland regiment since he joined as a boy piper. During the Second World War... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(16 articles)
The Forgotten: Youth Runs Wild
 (From MUBI. 2 August 2012, 9:17 AM, PDT)

Twice Around: Anne V. Coates talks about Lawrence of Arabia
 (From Flickeringmyth. 4 September 2011, 10:21 AM, PDT)

Cutting Edge: A conversation with film editor Anne V. Coates
 (From Flickeringmyth. 31 August 2011, 10:28 AM, PDT)

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Tunes was indeed Glorious See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alec Guinness ... Maj. Jock Sinclair, D.S.O., M.M.

John Mills ... Lt. Col. Basil Barrow (Battalion Commander)

Dennis Price ... Maj. Charles 'Charlie' Scott, M.C. (Battalion Executive Officer)
Kay Walsh ... Mary Titterington
John Fraser ... Cpl. Piper Ian Fraser

Susannah York ... Morag Sinclair

Gordon Jackson ... Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C. (Battalion Adjutant)
Duncan Macrae ... Pipe Maj. Duncan MacLean

Percy Herbert ... 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
Angus Lennie ... Orderly Room Clerk
John Harvey ... Sgt. Finney (Bridge House)
Bryan Hulme ... Cpl. Drummer
Andrew Keir ... LCpl. Campbell
Eric Woodburn ... Landlord
Andrew Downie ... Cpl. Waiter
Jameson Clark ... Sir Alan
Lockwood West ... Provost
Gwen Nelson ... Provost's Wife
Robert Arnold ... One of the other officers
Richard Rudd ... One of the other officers
John Barcroft ... One of the other officers
James Copeland ... One of the other officers
Mark Burns ... One of the other officers
John Bown ... One of the other officers
William Young ... One of the other officers
David Webb ... One of the other officers
William Marlowe ... Lt. Rory (one of the other officers)
Barry Steele ... One of the other officers
Keith Banks ... One of the other officers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Frazer Hines ... (uncredited)
Anne Leon ... Bit part (uncredited)

Directed by
Ronald Neame 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Kennaway  novel
James Kennaway  screenplay

Produced by
Albert Fennell .... executive producer
Colin Lesslie .... producer
 
Original Music by
Malcolm Arnold 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Ibbetson 
 
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
 
Production Design by
Wilfred Shingleton 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Barbara Ritchie .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Pat Marsden .... production manager (as Patrick Marsden)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colin M. Brewer .... assistant director (as Colin Brewer)
Patrick Clayton .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Terry Lens .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Michael Stevenson .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Martin Atkinson .... assistant art director
John Hoesli .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Geoffrey Tozer .... set dresser (uncredited)
A.J. Van Montagu .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Tony Woollard .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Leslie Hodgson .... dubbing editor
Red Law .... sound recordist
Bert Ross .... sound recordist
Douglas Barnett .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
John Salter .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Austin Dempster .... camera operator
John Jordan .... focus puller (uncredited)
Ted Reed .... still photographer (uncredited)
Malcolm Vinson .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Guerin .... wardrober
Dulcie Midwinter .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ray Lovejoy .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Malcolm Arnold .... conductor
 
Other crew
Rita Davison .... continuity
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
107 min | USA:106 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:12 (original rating)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Lt. Col. Basil Barrow:When you're dying, when you really believe you're dying, you think of the most absurd things.
Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C.:In my war I never had time to think.
Lt. Col. Basil Barrow:Oh they gave me time, all right. Again and again. When I was in the prison camp, they nearly drowned me, then they brought me round. Then they put a wet cloth over my mouth and kept it wet until I nearly drowned again. And the only thing that pulled me through was the thought that one day I'd come back and sit in the middle of that table as colonel of this battalion, like my grandfather and his father before him. Only I was going to be the best of the lot.
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Movie Connections:
References "Muffin the Mule" (1946)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Duke of PerthSee more »

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31 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Tunes was indeed Glorious, 25 June 2001
Author: mullin-1 from Boston, MA

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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