This is one of about three dozen British films picked up by CBS in 1949 for USA television presentation. Its initial telecasts as part of this series took place in Los Angeles Saturday 16 July 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Chicago Sunday 23 October 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4), in New York City Saturday 26 November 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in Boston Sunday 12 March 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7). Previously released in the USA by Grand National Pictures in a severely edited version, this shorter version had been telecast in New York City Friday 7 June 1946 by WNBT (Channel 4). See more »
At the opening of the film, in the Ireland sequence, the time is established by a curfew notice dated February 1921. The bullet retrieved from the scene of the shooting then is found preserved years later with a note indicating such, but is dated "12/11/21", nearly a year off. See more »
Director, cast and crew combining for a splendid film.
Based upon a novel by Lewis Robinson, who assists with the script, HIGH COMMAND gives us a complex tale of blackmail, murder, and other delights, ranging over two continents and two generations, beginning in 1921 Ireland and concluding in West Africa (most of the film was shot in Nigeria and Gold Coast). General Sir John Sangye (Lionel Atwill), holder of the Victoria Cross and commander of a colonial garrison, in order to help protect his daughter Belinda (Kathleen Gibson) from unsavoury scandal, is forced into making several wrenching decisions, with Atwill giving the finest crafted performance of his career. In his first effort at directing a feature film, Thorold Dickinson displays the fluid work with a camera which marks his distinguished career, and has expertly taken a balance of drama and humour from the script while effectively leading his talented cast into strong performances, notably from Steven Geray, Leslie Perrins, James Mason and Lucie Mannheim. Dickinson, along with cinematographer Otto Heller, benefit from their background in silent cinema, and Ernest Irving's score is adroitly woven into the action, all of which assists in effectuating a masterwork.
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