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Medal for the General (1944)

Approved | | Drama, War | 15 March 1946 (USA)
A retired general helps out by sheltering some evacuees during WWII.

Director:

Maurice Elvey

Writers:

James Ronald (novel), Elizabeth Baron (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Godfrey Tearle ... General Church
Jeanne De Casalis ... Lady Frome
Morland Graham Morland Graham ... Bates
Mabel Constanduros Mabel Constanduros ... Mrs. Bates
John Laurie ... McNab
Patric Curwen Patric Curwen ... Dr. Sargeant
Thorley Walters ... Andrew
Alec Faversham Alec Faversham ... Hank
Michael Lambart Michael Lambart ... Lord Ottershaw
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Farnsworth
Rosalyn Boulter Rosalyn Boulter ... Billetting Officer
Maureen Glynne Maureen Glynne ... Snarrer
Gerald Moore Gerald Moore ... Harry
Brian Weske ... Limpy
Petula Clark ... Irma (as Petula Clarke)
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"A Medal for the General" is the story of an-over-the-hill WWI general (Godfrey Tearle) who is downcast when he is told he is too old for WWII and keeps himself isolated on his spacious estate. Six children from the slum area are evacuated and billeted in his home and their numerous problems give him a new interest in life. He is awarded a medal for his good work. Jeanne de Casalis is his devoted friend and Moreland Graham plays his faithful valet. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | War

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Film debut of Petula Clark. See more »

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A Touching Story of the Home Front in Britain
22 May 2015 | by richieveeSee all my reviews

"Medal for the General" is an understated, heart-warming movie that British National Films produced during the penultimate year of the war. Maurice Elvey directs with a light touch that is just right for the emotional content. This is the sort of "small" film that the British are able to bring off brilliantly, with a restraint that maintains a true-to-life spirit. Hollywood, wearing its heart on the sleeve, would have made a mess of it. Elizabeth Baron's screenplay is based on James Ronald's novel of the same title. Godfrey Tearle is marvelous as General Victor Church, sometimes irascible, sometimes lovable, always fully in character and sensitive to those fellow actors around him. Without exception, the evacuee children's parts are handled with aplomb. I cannot shout their praises loudly enough. Among them is eleven-year-old Petula Clark, who of course would go on to enjoy a chart-topping career in popular music. Fans of "Dad's Army" will recognize John Laurie (gloomy Private James Frazer) in the small but amusing role of McNab. William Alwyn composed the score, so the musical soundtrack was in capable hands.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1946 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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