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A Town Like Alice (1956)

A newly wealthy English woman returns to Malaya to build a well for the villagers who helped her during war. Thinking back, she recalls the Australian man who made a great sacrifice to aid her and her fellow prisoners of war.

Director:

Jack Lee

Writers:

Nevil Shute (novel), W.P. Lipscomb (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia McKenna ... Jean Paget
Peter Finch ... Joe Harman
Kenji Takaki Kenji Takaki ... Japanese Sergeant (as Takagi)
Tran Van Khe Tran Van Khe ... Captain Sugaya
Jean Anderson ... Miss Horsefall
Marie Lohr ... Mrs. Dudley Frost
Maureen Swanson ... Ellen
Renee Houston ... Ebbey
Nora Nicholson ... Mrs. Frith
Eileen Moore ... Mrs. Holland
John Fabian John Fabian ... Mr. Holland
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Ben
Tim Turner ... British Sergeant
Vu Ngoc Tuan Vu Ngoc Tuan ... Captain Yanata
Munesato Yamada Munesato Yamada ... Captain Takata (as Yamada)
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Storyline

In 1941, The advancing Japanese army captures a lot of British territory very quickly. The men are sent off to labor camps, but they have no plan on what to do with the women and children of the British. A group is sent on a forced march from place to place searching for a Women's Camp. Told from the point of view of one of the women, she meets an Australian soldier who sneaks food for them from his labor camp. After the war, she goes to Australia to see the town he was from and hopefully reunite with the soldier. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A Motion Picture Like Few Others...Fulfilling Nevil Shute's Unforgettable Tribute To The Human Spirit. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1956 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rape of Malaya See more »

Filming Locations:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Vic Films Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Kuala Lumpur was captured by the Japanese Army on January 11, 1942. They occupied the city until their surrender to the British on August 15, 1945. See more »

Goofs

Harry Corbett bought his Sooty puppet from a regular store - he didn't design or create it as such. It's possible therefore that Freddie might have had the same puppet before Harry Corbett gave it national fame. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The characters in this story are fictitious. The story itself however is based upon true fact. See more »

Connections

Featured in A Profile of 'A Town Like Alice' (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

There's a Friend for Little Children
(uncredited)
set to the tune "In Memoriam"
Music by John Stainer
Words by Albert Midlane
Arranged by Matyas Seiber
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A strong story makes for a good film
29 October 2000 | by dj_kennettSee all my reviews

A Town Like Alice is now an old film. However it has a certain directness and freshness which makes it quite watchable.

A Town like Alice is the story of an English nurse, who is trapped in Malaya with a group of Englihs women during the Japanese invasion. As the group can't be categorised by the Japanese army into a useful pigeonhole, they are forced to walk from city to city looking for a place to be prisoners-of-war.

The story is a strong one and the movie doesn't let the book down. Shot in excellent locations in Malaysia, the only problems are fitting the breadth of the story into a limited time.


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