Sword of Honour (1939)


Sword of Honour is a 1939 British drama film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Geoffrey Toone, Sally Gray, Dorothy Dickson.

The screenplay concerns a recruit at Sandhurst who initially makes a poor impression, but goes on to prove himself by riding in the Grand National.

Refer to Sword of Honour (1986) and Sword of Honour (2001).


A working class boy comes from a military family but he is their first to take officer training at Sandhurst. His problems with horses are put down to “funk” there but he wins the Sword of Honour by entering the Grand National.


  • Geoffrey Toone as Bill Brown.
  • Sally Gray as Lady Moira Talmadge.
  • Dorothy Dickson as Mrs Stanhope.
  • Donald Gray as Stukely.
  • Wally Patch as Pomeroy Brown.
  • Peter Gawthorne as Lord Carhampton.
  • Frederick Culley as Duke of Honiton.
  • Maire O’Neill as Biddy.
  • Gordon Begg as Grandpa Brown.
  • Cyril Smith as Bright.
  • Charles Eaton as Cameo.
  • Tommy Woodrooffe as Commentator.
  • Patrick Holt as Lord Talmadge.


  • Location shooting took place at Sandhurst, while interiors were shot at Walton Studios.
  • Shortly afterwards, Elvey shot another military-themed film Sons of the Sea (1939) at Dartmouth Naval College.
  • The first film of Patrick Holt.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Maurice Elvey.
  • Producer(s):
    • Maurice Elvey.
  • Writer(s):
    • Gerald Elliott … (writer) (as W.G. Elliott).
    • Dudley Sturrock … (story) (as Major Dudley Sturrock).
  • Music:
  • Cinematography:
    • Geoffrey Faithfull.
  • Editor(s):
  • Production:
    • Butcher’s Film Service.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Butcher’s Film Service (1939) (UK) (theatrical).
    • Sherwood (1941) (UK) (theatrical) (re-release).
  • Release Date: 21 March 1939 (London, UK) and 14 August 1939 (General Release, UK).
  • Running time: 83 minutes.
  • Rating: U.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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