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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 (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 »
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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)
Peter Mullins .... scenic artist (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:
Joan Hicksoncan be seen among the party-guests at the castle just before Barrow blows his cool. A brief exchange with him appears to be edited out.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:
Scotland the BraveSee more »

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33 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
A few details about "Tunes of Glory", 1 March 2004
Author: Bobs-9 from Chicago, Illinois, USA

These are just a few notes on one of my favorite films, "Tunes of Glory," which I recently watched again in its new Criterion DVD release. The plot is well-described by many posters below, so I won't bother with that.

The more I watch this film, the more I appreciate the wealth of detailed characterization it contains. On Barrow's first meeting with the officers of the regiment, as he is introduced to the rotund Major "Dusty" Miller, note John Mills' quick downward glance of disapproval at the Major's corpulent gut. In the following scene, where Jock Sinclair offers Barrow a whiskey, Barrow courteously replies that whiskey does not agree with him, to Jock's dismay. We later learn that Barrow is emotionally unstable, has problems controlling his rage, and that his family life has broken up. Could alcoholism be an issue, explaining his aversion to whiskey? While Guinness and Mills are justly praised, I find the performance by Dennis Price as Major Charlie Scott to be very interesting as well. Bringing to mind Ralph Richardson, he exudes an oily, genteel but detached sort of upper-crust English manner that Colonel Sinclair gleefully mocks ("old boy, old boy, old boy"). When RSM Riddick (Percy Herbert, distractingly bringing to mind Michael Palin in appearance and exaggerated military manner) tries to officially express the doubts of those in his own strata in the military hierarchy about the prosecution of Jock Sinclair, Barrow's first reaction is curiously bemused and sarcastic ("you astonish me"). Barrow subsequently snaps into martinet mode and brusquely dismisses Riddick's petition. His initial bemusement, though, is telling in that his instinct is not to take this man, from a lower level of the social and military hierarchy, seriously at all, treating him almost as an unruly child who needs be put in his place. Having seen power struggles, personality clashes, and class divisions like this in my work experience, I see that this all rings true. As foreign, exotic, and strange as the setting, characters, and language are to an American like me, the themes of this story are so universal that they can be immediately appreciated by almost anyone who's experienced life to some degree.

As for the language, it's a delight to finally have a DVD with English subtitles to clarify some of the spoken lines. The picture, by the way, is excellent on the new DVD, except for the intermittent appearance of a dark streak down the right side of the screen near the end of the film. I would have thought this could be fixed with digital restoration, but the cost of that might have been prohibitive, and though a little distracting, it really doesn't spoil my enjoyment. I think it's fitting that there are no negative reviews here thus far.

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