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    Posted: 16 Jan 2012 at 18:19
This as they say is the film of the book.
 
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Tell England (film)

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Tell England is a 1931 British drama film directed by Anthony Asquith and starring Fay Compton, Tony Bruce and Carl Harbord.[1] It is based on the novel Tell England by Ernest Raymond which featured two young men joining the army, and taking part in the fighting at Gallipoli.[2] The director's father Herbert Asquith had been Prime Minister at the time of the Gallipoli Landings, a fact which drew press attention to the film.

It was filmed largely on location in Malta. In the United States it was released as The Battle of Gallipoli

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  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0022468/
  2. ^ http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/53480/?availableLicense=yes
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The following article is a 1931 New York Times review of the film.
 
 
December 7, 1931

THE SCREEN; Another Phase of the War. A British Farce. Sensational Journalism. Movietone News.

By MORDAUNT HALL.
Published: December 7, 1931

Another World War film, "The Battle of Gallipoli," a British International production which was directed by Anthony Asquith and Geoffrey Barkas, has reached the Cameo screen. Without considering the question raised in England concerning its being a glorification of the English public school boy, but reviewing it from the standpoint of the impression it may make over here, it can be stated that from a pictorial angle, which includes the splendidly natural performances of all the players, it is worthy of the high praise accorded it by the majority of English critics. But its vocal recording leaves much to be desired, for frequently it is impossible to understand what the participants are saying. This is not due to their manner of speech, but apparently to the acoustics or to the German sound process employed.

Although some of the lines are indistinct, the march of events detailing the landing at Gallipoli and the eventual evacuation of that war zone in January, 1916, are set forth in a stirring fashion. It was an undertaking in which the British Admiralty cooperated by putting at the disposal of the producers warships of the Mediterranean squadron. Some of the scenes were pictured at Malta, where sites were found that resembled the Anzac and "V" beaches of the Gallipoli peninsula.

The glimpses of the British in boats making for the shore are effectively filmed, as are others revealing the fighters at the mercy of the rifles and machine guns of the Turks. In the course of the story, the Turkish gun, known to the British as "Clara," comes in for dramatic instance of heroism.

This narrative is based on Ernest Raymond's novel, "Tell England," and at the end of the picture there is the quotation: "Tell England ye who pass this monument, that we died for her and here we rest content." This story is in some respects vaguely like "Journey's End," in that it has a dispute between two chums and a jolly Captain, who is last heard singing, "Just One More Rubber," and a little later his life is snuffed out by a Turkish bullet.

In several sequences there is a successful effort in depicting the coolness of the fighters while the guns are booming, either by showing them playing bridge, writing letters or chatting.

Frederick Lloyd gives a clever performance as the nonchalant Captain. Carl Harbord and Tony Bruce portray the school pals of old, and Lionel Hedges lends a good comedy touch as a sniffling soldier. Sam Wilkinson and Wally Patch also do well by their parts.


Another Phase of the War.
THE BATTLE OF GALLIPOLI, based on Ernest Raymond's story "Tell England"; directed by Anthony Asquith and Geoffrey Barkas; produced by British International Pictures. At the Cameo.
Edgar Doe . . . . . Carl Harbord
Rupert Ray . . . . . Tony Bruce
The Padre . . . . . Dennis Hoey
The Colonel . . . . . C. M. Hallard
Captain Hardy . . . . . Frederick Lloyd
Lieutenant Doon . . . . . Gerald Rawlinson
Private Sims . . . . . Lionel Hedges
Private Booth . . . . . Sam Wilkinson
Sergeant Instructor . . . . . Wally Patch
Mr. Ray . . . . . Hubert Harben
Mrs. Doe . . . . . Fay Compton

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For anyone that lives near a British Film Institute Mediatheque, you can view 'Tell England' for free at one of these. I really hope that the film is re-released for the centenary as it's fantastic, the landing scenes are top notch

http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/introduction-bfi-collections/bfi-mediatheques
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There's a segment of the film on youtube, used as part of a documentary, here;


I wonder if it could be worth the Association trying to secure it's re-release? Certainly the most accurate depiction of Gallipoli that i'm aware of
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