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The Queen's Guards (1961)

| Drama | 1963 (USA)
Grenadier Guards Captain John Fellowes prepares for the Trooping the Colour ceremony and reminisces about his years at Sandhurst Military Academy as well as his family's dramatic life.

Director:

Michael Powell

Writers:

Roger Milner (story), Roger Milner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Massey ... John Fellowes
Raymond Massey ... Captain Fellowes
Robert Stephens ... Henry Wynne-Walton
Jack Watson ... Sergeant Johnson
Peter Myers Peter Myers ... Gordon Davidson
Ursula Jeans ... Mrs. Fellowes
Frank Lawton ... Commander Hewson
Anthony Bushell ... Major Cole
Jess Conrad ... Dankworth
Cornel Lucas Cornel Lucas ... Photographer
Ian Hunter ... Mr. George Dobbie
Elizabeth Shepherd ... Susan
Judith Stott Judith Stott ... Ruth Dobbie
Duncan Lamont ... Major Wilkes
Jack Allen ... Brigadier Cummings
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Storyline

Captains John Fellows and Henry Wynne-Walton finish their Army training at Sandhurst Military Academy and are sent to the Middle-East. John is to lead a parachute battalion while Henry is put in charge of a platoon of armoured cars of the Household Cavalry. John is constantly being told by his father, an ex-Guards officer that he is not as good as his brother who was killed during the war. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The stirring saga of a young guardsman's path to manhood!

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1963 (USA) See more »

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The Queen's Guards See more »

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Production Co:

Imperial Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film takes place in 1960. See more »

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Major Wilkes: You rushed forward without reconnoitering the ground. That sort of thing happened time and again in the Western Desert in 1942. Sacrificing everything for speed.
John Fellowes: Yes, but this was an exercise, sir.
Major Wilkes: It wasn't an exercise when your brother was killed at the Horseshoe Oasis, and eleven of his men with him...
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Oh Susannah
Performed by Jess Conrad
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The pageantry they're known for
3 July 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm guessing that since tourists and subjects of Her Majesty Elizabeth, II stand around for hours watching the Coldstream Guards in their various military ceremonies Michael Powell decided that a story about the guards would be a money maker and tourist bait. I'm sure that The Queen's Guards succeeded on both levels.

It's a pity a better story was not provided in between all the footage of the cream of the British military doing the pageantry they're known for. But it isn't all spit and polish and drill for these guys. They're the best of fighting soldiers for the British army and it's one exclusive club to get into.

The story such as it is has guards officers Daniel Massey and Robert Stephens spending some time away from the guards at Massey's home. Where movie and real life father Raymond Massey hosts them along with wife and mother Ursula Jeans.

The family tragedy that looms large over the household is that of a late older brother who never returned from the desert fighting in World War II. They say he's missing, but Raymond Massey knows better. Later on in some action in some archetypal Middle East Principality where Great Britain has a treaty with the rulers Daniel Massey and Stephens face a similar situation to what led Massey's older brother to be killed.

Quite frankly the plot got in the way of the Coldstream Guards and their ceremonies. And it didn't make a lot of sense. It's a rarely seen film now, but Michael Powell did a whole lot better than The Queen's Guards in his career.


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