In Ronald Neameâs Tunes of Glory
, the incomparable Alec Guinness plays Jock Sinclairâa whiskey-drinking, up-by-the-bootstraps commanding officer of a peacetime Scottish battalion. A lifetime military man, Sinclair expects respect and loyalty from his men. But when Basil Barrow (John Mills)âan educated, by-the-book scion of a military familyâenters the scene as Sinclairâs replacement, the two men engage in a fierce struggle for control of both the battalion and the hearts and minds of its men. Based on the novel by James Kennaway and featuring flawless performances by Guinness and Mills, Tunes of Glory
uses the rigid stratification of military life to comment on the institutional contradictions and class hierarchies of English society, making for an unexpectedly moving drama.
- Interview from 2003 with director Ronald Neame
- Audio interview from 2002 with actor John Mills
- Original theatrical trailer
- Insert featuring an essay by acclaimed film critic and historian Robert Murphy
- Television interview from 1973 with actor Alec Guinness