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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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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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Trivia

The film was shown on British television for the only time on BBC One at 2pm on July 28, 1974. See more »

Quotes

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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A fine exposition of British military tradition at its best.
31 August 2006 | by DeusvoltSee all my reviews

"Guards! Guards! Call out the Guards!" And this could only mean the Queen's Guards and the English look to them in times of military emergency. With their ceremonial uniform of Buckingham red with that unlikely shako supposedly made of bear skin; with their mounted units wearing polished breastplates during full dress parades, they are world famous as tourist attractions. Little do people know that these are the cream of the elite of the British military corps. If I am not mistaken, their members are selected from the various services. Thus, they are commandos, paratroopers, tank men, intelligence specialists, etc.

As a little boy, I was fully taken in by the ceremonial parade at the end of the movie: "Escort to the colors! Forward!" Somehow when the goosestep is done by The Guards, it doesn't seem sinister. And the intricate but highly dignified dressage executed by the commander of the mounted unit is admirable.

The military action is in the Middle East in connection with the Suez Canal crisis in 1956. Egypt then took full control of the canal and the British and French felt that their interests were threatened.

There is a touching scene near the end during a ceremonial parade with the Queen in attendance. A semi-paralyzed veteran has an apartment overlooking the square (Trafalgar?). He's bedridden but he manages to put on his military uniform. There is a series of bars on the ceiling of his apartment and with a hook or a cane, he manages to get a hold of them and he painfully and laboriously locomotes himself to the window to get a view of The Guards as they are honored by the Queen.


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