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A Town Like Alice (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 1 June 1956 (Ireland)
A newly wealthy English woman returns to Malaya to build a well for the villagers who helped her during war. Thinking back, she recalls the Australian man who made a great sacrifice to aid her and her fellow prisoners of war.

Director:

Jack Lee

Writers:

Nevil Shute (novel), W.P. Lipscomb (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia McKenna ... Jean Paget
Peter Finch ... Joe Harman
Kenji Takaki Kenji Takaki ... Japanese Sergeant (as Takagi)
Tran Van Khe Tran Van Khe ... Captain Sugaya
Jean Anderson ... Miss Horsefall
Marie Lohr ... Mrs. Dudley Frost
Maureen Swanson ... Ellen
Renee Houston ... Ebbey
Nora Nicholson ... Mrs. Frith
Eileen Moore ... Mrs. Holland
John Fabian John Fabian ... Mr. Holland
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Ben
Tim Turner ... British Sergeant
Vu Ngoc Tuan Vu Ngoc Tuan ... Captain Yanata
Munesato Yamada Munesato Yamada ... Captain Takata (as Yamada)
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Storyline

In 1941, The advancing Japanese army captures a lot of British territory very quickly. The men are sent off to labor camps, but they have no plan on what to do with the women and children of the British. A group is sent on a forced march from place to place searching for a Women's Camp. Told from the point of view of one of the women, she meets an Australian soldier who sneaks food for them from his labor camp. After the war, she goes to Australia to see the town he was from and hopefully reunite with the soldier. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

Based on Nevil Shute's "The Legacy" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

1 June 1956 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rape of Malaya See more »

Filming Locations:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Vic Films Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to a January 16, 1955 article in the Sunday Times of Perth, Australia, Olivia de Havilland was in negotiations with the Rank Organization to play the lead in this film. See more »

Goofs

As Jean is fleeing Kuala Lumpur, she is picked up by a "British Army" truck, which in fact is clearly marked on the bonnet with a US Army white 5-point star. See more »

Quotes

Jack Burns: This is Miss Paget - she wants to get into Willstown.
Australian Driver: That's new - most people wanna get out of it!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The characters in this story are fictitious. The story itself however is based upon true fact. See more »

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Soundtracks

There's a Friend for Little Children
(uncredited)
set to the tune "In Memoriam"
Music by John Stainer
Words by Albert Midlane
Arranged by Matyas Seiber
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A great movie
13 June 2003 | by filmsfan38See all my reviews

I have the video of this movie which I got a few years back. I wish they would bring this movie out on DVD. Its wonderfully acted. Hard to believe this was based on a true story. I can't believe these women marched hundreds of miles, having nothing to eat much of the time and some of their companions dying along the way. They must have been a hardy bunch. Its too bad more people couldn't see this movie. Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch were excellent as the main characters and the rest of the supporting cast were very good too. I'm glad to have the video, but would very much like to see a DVD come out on it. The movie is in black and white but this in no way detracts from the story or the acting.


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