Tunes of Glory

Tunes of Glory

Ronald Neame (1960)

PG Certificate


Our Score
John Mills won best actor at the Venice film festival for his priggish performance in this stiff-upper-lipped military drama, but few critics would have had any complaints had he shared the prize with his co-star Alec Guinness. Mills is the blue-blooded Pacific veteran who's determined to make his new Highland regiment fit for the demands of peacetime, while Guinness is the time-serving Alamein hero who remains stubbornly obsessed with past glories. James Kennaway's rather bombastic script, adapted from his own novel, was Oscar-nominated, and, if Ronald Neame's direction is occasionally stodgy, the central conflict between Mills and Guinness remains as compelling as its resolution is shocking.


A strait-laced officer takes up his new posting as CO of a Highland regiment. However, problems spring up when he clashes with his easygoing predecessor almost every step of the way. The friction between the two military men leads to no end of tension for the soldiers. Drama, starring Alec Guinness, John Mills, Susannah York and Dennis Price.

Cast & Crew

Lt Col Jock Sinclair Alec Guinness
Lt Col Basil Barrow John Mills
Morag Sinclair Susannah York
Maj Charlie Scott Dennis Price
Pipe Maj MacLean Duncan Macrae
Capt Eric Simpson Allan Cuthbertson
Cpl Piper Fraser John Fraser
Mary Kay Walsh
Director Ronald Neame
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD