Scott of the Antarctic

  • U
  • Charles Frend (1948)
  • UK
  • 105 min
Scott of the Antarctic
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Directed with great dignity by Charles Frend, this is a documentary-like account of the ill-fated British expedition to the South Pole that ended in 1912. Although sticking closely to Robert Scott's journal, it plays down his probable errors of judgement in order to concentrate on his reckless courage and the unswerving loyalty of his men. Using many of the team's actual possessions to increase the authenticity, the cast is only rarely allowed to demonstrate the humanity behind the stiff upper lips. John Mills is splendidly British in the title role, although he nearly came a cropper when he fell through the snow while filming in the Alps.

Plot Summary

Adventure based on the true story of Captain Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole in 1912, starring John Mills and Derek Bond. After commanding the unsuccessful National Antarctic Expedition of 1904, Scott attempts to raise funds for a return trip to the region.

Cast and crew


Captain Scott
John Mills
Captain Oates
Derek Bond
Dr Wilson
Harold Warrender
Kathleen Scott
Diana Churchill
Oriana Wilson
Anne Firth
Lieutenant Bowers
Reginald Beckwith
Taffy Evans
James Robertson-Justice
Teddy Evans
Kenneth More
Chief Stoker Lashley
Norman Williams
Petty Officer Green
John Gregson
Lieutenant Atkinson
James McKechnie


Charles Frend

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
General Film Dist Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U