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Tunes of Glory -- In Ronald Neame's Tunes of Glory, the incomparable Alec Guinness inhabits the role of Jock Sinclair--a whiskey-drinking, up-by-the-bootstraps commanding officer of a peacetime Scottish battalion. Sinclair is a lifetime military man, who expects respect and loyalty from his men. But when Basil Barrow--an educated, by-the-book scion of a traditionally military family--enters the scene as Sinclair's replacement, the two men become locked in a fierce battle for control of the battalion and the hearts and minds of its men.


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James Kennaway (screenplay)
James Kennaway (based on his novel)
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Release Date:
20 December 1960 (USA) See more »
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 »
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 »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

John Mills ... Lt. Col. Basil Barrow

Dennis Price ... Major Charles Scott, M.C.
Kay Walsh ... Mary Titterington
John Fraser ... Cpl. Piper Ian Fraser

Susannah York ... Morag Sinclair

Gordon Jackson ... Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C.
Duncan Macrae ... Pipe Major Maclean

Percy Herbert ... 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

Angus Lennie ... Orderly Room Clerk
John Harvey ... Sergeant (Bridge Hotel)
Bryan Hulme ... Corporal Drummer

Andrew Keir ... L / Cpl. Campbell
Eric Woodburn ... Landlord
Andrew Downie ... Corporal 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 ... One of the Other Officers
Barry Steele ... One of the Other Officers
Keith Banks ... One of the Other Officers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Redmond Bailey ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Donald Douglas ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Walter Henry ... Sentry (uncredited)
Frazer Hines ... (uncredited)
Anne Leon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Mackenzie ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Ronald Neame 
Writing credits
James Kennaway (screenplay)

James Kennaway (based on his novel)

Produced by
Albert Fennell .... executive producer
Colin Lesslie .... producer
Original Music by
Malcolm Arnold 
Cinematography by
Arthur Ibbetson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
Production Design by
Wilfred Shingleton 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Barbara Ritchie .... hairdresser
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)
Peter Mullins .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Charlie Parfitt .... props (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 .... recordist
Bert Ross .... 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 .... wardrobe
Dulcie Midwinter .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Chris German .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
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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Also Known As:
107 min | USA:106 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:12 (original rating)

Did You Know?

In one of the venomous exchanges between the Scots pipe-major (Duncan Macrae) and the English RSM (Percy Herbert), the former advises the latter to go and watch his television set, adding that ""Muffin the Mule" (1946) is on at four o'clock". This refers to a famous British children's programme of the early 1950s, which was presented by Annette Mills - the sister of John Mills, who plays the colonel of the regiment in this film.See more »
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 »
Major Jock Sinclair:We're on a first name basis in this regiment. Your first name is Derek; my first name is Major.See more »
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Scotland the BraveSee more »

16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Great Ensemble cast, 21 March 2004
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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