icon Film Profile: A Town like Alice - (1956)
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5.8/10 Stars
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"A tale of survival."


  • Director: Jack Lee
  • Genre: Drama, Romance, Foreign
  • Studio: The Rank Organisation
  • Subtitled | Black & White | Duration: 135 Mins

Director Jack Lee's documentary background is evident in this earnest adaptation of Nevil Shute's celebrated wartime novel about the hardships faced by a group of women route-marched across Malaya by the invading Japanese. While he has little difficulty setting his scene, he struggles to prevent some episodes in the rather underwhelming script from lapsing into overwrought melodrama. The cast members keep their heads above water, with Takagi (as a sympathetic guard), Jean Anderson - later one of the stars of the BBC TV PoW drama Tenko - and Renee Houston offering stout support to Virginia McKenna, whose romantic interludes with Peter Finch provide some charming relief from the trials of the trek.
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Cast List:
Jean Paget : Virginia McKenna
Joe Harman : Peter Finch
Japanese sergeant : Takagi
Captain Sugaya : Tran Van Khe
Miss Horsefall : Jean Anderson
Mrs Dudley Frost : Marie Lohr
Ellen : Maureen Swanson
Ebbey : Renee Houston
Mrs Frith : Nora Nicholson
Mr Holland : John Fabian
Ben : Vincent Ball

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