They Were Not Divided

They Were Not Divided

Terence Young (1950)

97min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
There's not much evidence in this stiff-upper-lipped Second World War drama to suggest that Terence Young would go on to direct three of the best Bond movies in the early 1960s. The action is almost totally reliant on the sort of gung-ho camaraderie that was characteristic of the recruiting propaganda that filled British screens in the first days of the conflict. Edward Underdown's Guards officer and Ralph Clanton's have-a-go Yank are nothing more than caricatures, but contemporary audiences queued round the block to see their exploits as they drove the Nazis back to Berlin. They weren't divided, but they weren't very interesting, either.

Summary

Three raw recruits into the British Army undergo a gruelling training programme before receiving emergency promotions and being deployed to the front lines just weeks after the D-Day landings at Normandy. Terence Young's Second World War drama, starring Edward Underdown, Ralph Clanton, Michael Brennan, Helen Cherry and Stella Andrews.

Cast & Crew

Philip Hamilton Edward Underdown
David Morgan Ralph Clanton
Wilhelmina Hamilton Helen Cherry
Jane Stella Andrews
Smoke O'Connor Michael Brennan
Maj Bushey Noble Michael Trubshawe
'45 Jones John Wynn
'77 Jones Desmond Llewelyn
Director Terence Young
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: DVD
Drama