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Theirs Is the Glory (1946)

Approved | | Documentary, War | 14 October 1946 (UK)
A re-enactment of the Battle of Arnhem during the Second World War which was later lavishly remade as A Bridge Too Far (1977).

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Brian Desmond Hurst (as B.D. Hurst)

Writer:

Louis Golding
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Cast

Credited cast:
Stanley Maxted Stanley Maxted ... Himself (war correspondent)
Thomas Scullion Thomas Scullion ... Himself / a German / Man falling off roof / Various others
Allan Wood Allan Wood ... Himself (war correspondent)
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Storyline

In 1944, British General Montgomery and his command were way north of the Allied line, and the Germans were holding them in that swampy position. The plan, put into operation on Sunday, September 14, 1944, was to drop two American Airborne divisions and the British First Airborne Division behind the German lines to capture the bridges which would open the way to the German plain. The British objective was Arnhem, the northernmost point of the Montgomery plan, and this film depicts in graphic detail the ordeal the "Men of Arnhem", the British First Airborne, endured. The first cast listing reads the "Survivors of the British First Airborne Divison", including a Colonel Lonsdale and a Major Gough. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Documentary | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Men of Arnhem See more »

Filming Locations:

Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its USA premiere in Los Angeles when it was televised Monday 5 June 1950 on KECA (Channel 7), marking the 6th anniversary of D-Day. In New York City, its earliest documented telecast took place Thursday 9 November 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's London Playhouse on WABD (Channel 5). See more »

Goofs

A signpost reads 'Arnhem 6 K'. In the Netherlands the abbreviation for kilometer is 'km'. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Men of Arnhem - March
Composed by Guy Warrack
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Better than a Bridge Too Far
10 June 1999 | by astroianSee all my reviews

One of my all time favourite war movies. The film re-enacts the famous paratroop landing at Arnhem by the British and Canadians the agonising and bitter fight while surrounded by the Germans.

What makes this film of interest is that the actors in this film are the actual Allied troops who fought the battle. As an added bonus the re-enactment was filmed on location in Arnhem and features the local inhabitants playing themselves.

The films opening sequence was shot in a Nissan hut and as the camera pans down a row of beds with soldiers lying on them while the narrator introduces them by name, occupation and town of residence.

Most of the movie proper is a series of re-enactments combined with actual footage shot during the battle. The standard of acting is pretty good but a couple of the speaches made to the men are well wooden to say the least. But by the same token I've seen a lot worse.

One thing that amazes me is how closely many scenes in the famous movie A Bridge Too Far resemble those in Theirs is the Glory. A co-incidence perhaps?

During the closing scenes of the movie it is mentioned that of the 10,000 troops who landed, scarcely 2000 survived. Bearing this in mind the closing scene is not only harrowing but also one of the most moving I've ever seen as the view pans down the same barracks but showing empty beds and a few disheveled tired men with the haunting words 'just ordinary men'


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