The tension mounts in the trenches during World War One, as depressingly one by one soldiers go ‘over the top’ and meet with death. The endless spectacle of death has taken its affect on Captain Stanhope (Colin Clive); psychologically scarred he becomes an alcoholic to ease the pain and guilt of sending more young men to die. The captain senses his second in command, Lt. Osborne (Ian MacLaren), is beginning to doubt his competence, and Stanhope must maintain his troops respect for him until his replacement arrives. —britmovie.co.uk
James Whale (22 July 1889 – 29 May 1957) was a British film director, theatre director and actor. He is best remembered for his work in the horror film genre, having directed Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935), all recognized as classics of the genre. Whale directed over a dozen films in other genres, including what is considered the definitive film version of the musical Show Boat (1936). He became increasingly disenchanted with his association with horror, but many of his non-horror films have fallen into obscurity.
Born into a large family in Dudley, England, Whale early discovered his artistic talent and studied art. With the outbreak of World War I, Whale enlisted in the British Army and became an officer. He was captured by the Germans and during his time as a prisoner of war he realized he was interested in drama. Following his release at the end of the war… read more
This claustrophobic dirty bunker piece adapted from RC Sherrif's play features one of the most tortured performances ever commited to screen by Colin Clive, who with James Whale creates one of the great anti-war films ever. Superb performances from everyone as intense, openly-emotional male intimacy dominates. Whale's realistic war scenes and impending sense of annihilation is superb. Not bad for a first film Jimmy!