TUNES OF GLORY
1960, Janus Films, 106 min, UK, Dir: Ronald Neame

Two Scottish army colonels battle over their very different methods and backgrounds when lower-class Jock Sinclair (Alec Guinness, in one of his favorite performances) is forced to work with upper-crust disciplinarian and bureaucrat Basil Barrow (John Mills). Before long, their philosophical differences threaten the unity of their entire regiment, as a series of minor events sets off a chain reaction in this riveting drama from director Ronald Neame.


THE CARD
THE PROMOTER
1952, Park Circus/MGM, 85 min, UK, Dir: Ronald Neame

Spy novelist Eric Ambler might have seemed an unlikely choice to adapt Arnold Bennett’s novel about a charming go-getter, but the result is a thoroughly enjoyable comedy. Alec Guinness plays one of his first romantic leads as Denry Machin, a young man whose ambition and occasional willingness to bend the rules help him rise through the ranks of society. Among the women who catch his eye are Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson and future singing star Petula Clark.


THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
1969, 20th Century Fox, 116 min, UK, Dir: Ronald Neame

Miss Jean Brodie is a teacher at a Scottish girls’ school in the 1930s who rankles fellow faculty members with her free-thinking lessons and inordinate sway over her young charges. One of those is prize pupil Sandy (an exceptional Pamela Franklin), who comes to learn that her teacher has a manipulative side. Directed by Ronald Neame and adapted by Jay Presson Allen from her play, the film is a tour de force for Maggie Smith, who earned a Best Actress Oscar in the title role. (Rod McKuen’s bittersweet “Jean” also earned Academy recognition, garnering a Best Song nomination).


Syndicate content