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Court Martial (1954)

Carrington V.C. (original title)
Approved | | Drama | 25 April 1955 (Sweden)
A court-martial attempts to find out why, and if, an officer embezzled his unit's funds.

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Anthony Asquith
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Nominated for 5 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... Carrington
Margaret Leighton ... Valerie
Noelle Middleton ... Alison
Allan Cuthbertson ... Henniker
Victor Maddern ... Owen
Raymond Francis Raymond Francis ... Mitchell
Geoffrey Keen ... President
Newton Blick Newton Blick ... Judge Advocate
Mark Dignam ... Prosecutor
Robert Bishop Robert Bishop ... His Assistant
Maurice Denham Maurice Denham ... Lt. Col. Reeve
Laurence Naismith ... Major Panton
Clive Morton ... Lt. Col. Huxford
Michael Bates ... Major Broke-Smith
Stuart Saunders Stuart Saunders ... Sgt. Crane
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A court-martial attempts to find out why, and if, an officer embezzled his unit's funds.

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Anthony Asquith's Study in Suspense See more »

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1955 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Court Martial See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Romulus Films,Remus See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The VC worn by David Niven was a genuine medal borrowed by the studio. It belonged to Arthur Henry Cross VC Machine Gun Corps (Camberwell). See more »

Quotes

Valerie Carrington: I'll tell you what happened that night and it'll save you the trouble of lying about it.
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Connections

Remade as ITV Play of the Week: Carrington V.C. (1960) See more »

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Court Martial
21 December 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Carrington, VC finds career army officer David Niven doing something reckless and a bit stupid besides. He borrows a bit of money from the Officer's Fund of his unit to pay some household bills. He's owed a lot of back pay allowances that the fine military machine of the British army hasn't seen fit to cough up. But he is a winner of the Victoria Cross, the VC of the title and the commander of the regiment Allan Cuthbertson is a most jealous man. He might be the head of the regiment, but the men look to Niven.

If you remember the Clint Eastwood film Heartbreak Ridge at one point Gunnery Sergeant Eastwood helps out one of his enlisted men make ends meet the way Niven is having problems with his wife and family. But officers don't have concerned gunnery sergeants.

In any event Niven is being court martialed for the offense, charges brought by Cuthbertson. How it goes I will not say, but Niven is given a royal kick in the keester by a jealous wife Margaret Leighton who suspects some hanky panky going on with a female officer and her husband.

The great critique by me and others is that David Niven more than any other actor had to carry a lot of mediocre films on the strength of being debonair and charming. Not so in Carrington, VC, this is a fine military courtroom drama that stands on its own merits. Niven does well in the lead and grateful for this being a film he didn't have to carry.

Allan Cuthbertson is one of those actors who just does well in everything he's cast in. He's quite the martinet and jealous of Niven's war service and decoration. He spent the war directing a shore battery that was called upon to shoot down Mr. Hitler's Luftwaffe planes, no chance for medals or glory there.

The second member of the supporting cast who is outstanding is Victor Maddern playing Niven's sergeant and biggest fan.

Carrington, VC has a bit of The Caine Mutiny and some of The Winslow Boy in its plot and presentation. But it's a good courtroom drama and all actors love doing them.


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