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A Town Like Alice (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 1 June 1956 (Ireland)
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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jean Paget
... Joe Harman
Kenji Takaki ... Japanese Sergeant (as Takagi)
Tran Van Khe ... Captain Sugaya
... Miss Horsefall
... Mrs. Dudley Frost
... Ellen
... Ebbey
... Mrs. Frith
... Mrs. Holland
John Fabian ... Mr. Holland
Vincent Ball ... Ben
... British Sergeant
Vu Ngoc Tuan ... Captain Yanata
Munesato Yamada ... Captain Takata (as Yamada)
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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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1 June 1956 (Ireland)  »

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Rape of Malaya  »

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According to the book 'The Golden Gong - Fifty years of the Rank Organisation, its films and its stars' by Quentin Falk, "While at premiere of a Disney film, 'Robin Hood' [See: The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)], he [Earl St. John] was particularly impressed by the young man who played the Sheriff of Nottingham. The name on the programme was that of Peter Finch. St John bumped into Finch on the stairs of the theatre and invited him to come and talk business at Pinewood. Next day he gave Finch what would be a pivotal role in his burgeoning career: the Australian soldier, Joe, in 'A Town Like Alice'." See more »

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Freddie is shown several times playing with a 'Sooty' puppet. Sooty was not created by Harry Corbett until 1948. See more »

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

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Arranged by Matyas Seiber
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A strong story makes for a good film
29 October 2000 | by See 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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