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Carrington V.C. [DVD] [1954]

David Niven , Margaret Leighton , Anthony Asquith    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Niven, Margaret Leighton, Noelle Middleton
  • Directors: Anthony Asquith
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 25 May 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001X22XHW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,995 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


British Army Major Carrington (David Niven) is brought up for a court martial on various charges, embezzlement being at the top of the list. Conducting his own defence, Carrington sets out to clear his name, but faces opposition from the unlikeliest of quarters - his wife (Margaret Leighton).

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hero On Trial 26 Nov 2013
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I don't think that David Niven ever gave a bad performance and he is brilliant in Carrington, V.C. the story of a British Army officer who is court martialed for attempting to retrieve the back pay that he is owed. The fact that Carrington was a hero in the war and won the Victoria Cross has earned him the resentment of his commanding officer. Set in an Army base, the action takes place in a court room where numerous fellow officers and enlisted men try to come to Carrington's aid even though he appears to be guilty. Margaret Leighton co-stars as his wife who seems to be on the edge of a nervous breakdown. Like all good courtroom dramas, this one unfolds slowly and keeps us in suspense right up to the very end.
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By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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A decorated war hero (David Niven), well liked by his men, is arrested for embezzling 125 pounds from his unit's safe. During his court martial, he insists on defending himself and is doing a good job of it. What he didn't count on was his unstable wife's (Margaret Leighton) testimony which threatens to destroy his case. Based on a play by Dorothy and Campbell Christie, the film makes no attempt to open up and remains a rather talky courtroom melodrama. It was a popular film at the time; Niven, Leighton and the film all received BAFTA nominations but today only Leighton's performance remains compelling. It's all veddy veddy British "stiff upper lip, old chap" and Niven's actions while honorable just make him look weak today. The film's comic relief in the form of Stuart Saunders' foot stomping Sergeant is more annoying than amusing and when the characters in the film are amused, it becomes downright irritating. The film has no underscore at all. Directed by Anthony Asquith (THE V.I.P.S). Released in the U.S. under the title COURT-MARTIAL. With Noelle Middleton, Geoffrey Keen, Laurence Naismith, Allan Cuthbertson, Victor Maddern and Maurice Denham.

The Network DVD is a nice B&W transfer in an 1.33 aspect ratio though I suspect in 1955 it was shown theatrically around 1.75. I used the zoom feature on my HD TV and it looked quite nice framed at around 1.85 with all the action taking place within the confines of the frame and no heads cut off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A corkscrew... 25 Sep 2014
By Mr M.R.Watkinson TOP 500 REVIEWER
On the face of it, this is a straightforward enough tale - Major Carrington VC is accused of misaproppriating battery funds. He happily admits to it! That is the shank of the corkscrew; it's the only thing that's straight in the entire film. For the rest of it... Every time you think you've worked out which way this film is going to turn, it takes yet another turn. Even the ending is left hanging, beautifully so. What happens next? Does he, does he...

I've never been one for "favourite" much, but Niven is definitely *a* favourite actor & the reason I bought this. Allan Cuthbertson, who was mostly a stiff & starchy bit-part man, does a wonderful job as Colonel Henniker who is, more or less, the villain (his first credited screen role too!). The rest of the cast do an equally wonderful job in backing up Niven's Carrington. Yes, it's a talky movie; it's a courtroom drama, so it wouldn't be anything else (well, these days, perhaps, but not in the 50's). I think it is fair to say this is something of a hidden gem. Whether you're a Niven fan or not, I think you'll find this well worth the fiver or so that it's priced at at the time of writing.
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