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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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Director:
Writers:
James Kennaway (screenplay)
James Kennaway (based on his novel)
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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 »
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(17 articles)
User Reviews:
The art of acting See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (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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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:
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?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Quotes:
Jock Sinclair:That's a cheesy tune!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Flowers of the ForestSee more »

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51 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
The art of acting, 15 August 2000
Author: Joseph Harder from warren michigan

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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