The High Command (1937)


Introduction

The High Command is a 1937 British drama film directed by Thorold Dickinson and starring Lionel Atwill, Lucie Mannheim and James Mason.

It was shot at Ealing Studios and on location on the Gold Coast. The film’s sets were designed by the art director Holmes Paul.

It is an adaptation of the 1936 novel The General Goes Too Far by Lewis Robinson.

Outline

This is the tale of an English officer who murders a man in Ireland for chivalrous reasons. Years later, he has risen to the rank of Major-General, and is stationed in West Africa. There, his old crime is discovered, and he allows himself to be murdered rather than involve his daughter in his own disgrace.

Cast

  • Lionel Atwill as Major General Sir John Sangye, VC.
  • Lucie Mannheim as Diana Cloam.
  • Steven Geray as Martin Cloam.
  • James Mason as Captain Heverell.
  • Leslie Perrins as Major Carson.
  • Allan Jeayes as H.E., the Governor.
  • Michael Lambart as Lorne.
  • Kathleen Gibson as Belinda.
  • Tom Gill as Daunt.
  • Wally Patch as Crawford.
  • Archibald Batty as Captain Coates (the prosecutor).
  • Henry Hewitt as Defence counsel.
  • Drusilla Wills as Miss Isabella Hobson Tuff.
  • Cyril Howe as Julius Caesar (servant).
  • Evan Thomas as Chief Justice.
  • Aubrey Pollock as Judge Advocate.
  • Deering Wells as Escort.
  • Philip Strange as Major Challoner.
  • Frank Atkinson as Corporal.
  • Skelton Knaggs as Fazerack.

Trivia

  • This is one of about three dozen British films picked up by CBS in 1949 for USA television presentation.
  • Its initial telecasts as part of this series took place in Los Angeles Saturday 16 July 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Chicago Sunday 23 October 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4), in New York City Saturday 26 November 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in Boston Sunday 12 March 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7).
  • Previously released in the USA by Grand National Pictures in a severely edited version, this shorter version had been telecast in New York City Friday 7 June 1946 by WNBT (Channel 4).

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Thorold Dickinson.
  • Producer(s):
    • Gordon Wellesley.
  • Writer(s):
    • Walter Meade … (dialogue).
    • Lewis Robinson … (novel).
    • Katherine Strueby … (screenplay).
    • Val Valentine … (dialogue).
  • Music:
    • Ernest Irving.
  • Cinematography:
    • Otto Heller.
  • Editor(s):
    • Sidney Cole.
  • Production:
    • Gordon Wellesley Productions (as Fanfare).
  • Distributor(s):
    • Associated British Film Distributors (A.B.F.D.) (1937) (UK) (theatrical).
    • Grand National Pictures (1938) (USA) (theatrical).
    • Mohawk Film Corporation (1940) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release).
    • CBS (1949) (USA) (TV).
  • Release Date: 22 March 1937 (London, UK).
  • Running Time: 84 minutes.
  • Rating: A.
  • Country: France.
  • Language: French and English (subtitles).

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