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Theirs Is the Glory (1946)

Approved | | Documentary, War | 14 October 1946 (UK)
A re-enactment of the Battle of Arnhem during the Second World War which was later lavishly remade as A Bridge Too Far (1977).

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Stanley Maxted ...
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Thomas Scullion ...
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Allan Wood ...
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In 1944, British General Montgomery and his command were way north of the Allied line, and the Germans were holding them in that swampy position. The plan, put into operation on Sunday, September 14, 1944, was to drop two American Airborne divisions and the British First Airborne Division behind the German lines to capture the bridges which would open the way to the German plain. The British objective was Arnhem, the northernmost point of the Montgomery plan, and this film depicts in graphic detail the ordeal the "Men of Arnhem", the British First Airborne, endured. The first cast listing reads the "Survivors of the British First Airborne Divison", including a Colonel Lonsdale and a Major Gough. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This film received its USA premiere in Los Angeles when it was televised Monday 5 June 1950 on KECA (Channel 7), marking the 6th anniversary of D-Day. In New York City, its earliest documented telecast took place Thursday 9 November 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's London Playhouse on WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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British people were really like that.
4 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of my fellow-contributors giggled at the stereotypical British calmness displayed in this film. I was born in the UK before World War 2 and I can attest that, rightly or wrongly, most British people of that time were brought up to show restraint under pressure. It was a characteristic that served this country pretty well for a long time (though largely abandoned in recent years). So I found the level-headed attitude of the Arnhem participants entirely convincing (even if the acting was not up to professional standard). I knew plenty of people of that generation for whom making a drama out of their difficulties would have been anathema. Theirs Is The Glory is far truer to life as it was than any number of Hollywood war epics.


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