I don’t think I know many other actors who have been in as many war movies as British actor John Mills. Especially during the 50s and 60s he was in a large amount of British war movies. I was quite surprised when I realized how many I’ve seen.
Personally I liked him best – so far – in Ice Cold in Alex and The Colditz Story. But he is also great in many others like Above Us the Waves, In Which We Serve, The Way to the Stars and Dunkirk. I could go on and on.
He has a great face for war movies. Likable and intense.
Yes, he does. He isn’t always in the leading role but as supporting actor he is always good too. I was amazed how many war movies he made. At least 15 if not more.
I miss the great character actors from this time period.
I thought the other day that even when the movies from that period are sometimes a bit corny tacting was so often superior.
I agree! Now most movies just care about 3D and special effects. I miss acting.
I think European cinema is still different. They never bought into this CGI special effects as much as Hollywood. Unless they are independent movies I usually prefer European movies to US cinema on the other hand US cinema is great when it comes to large scale epics. The other thing is I’m a black and white fan and with black and white a face must be more expressive, I think.
I’m a huge fan of black and white movies. I love the shadows and how a director uses them to enhance the mood of the scene.
Last year I started some mini-sub project watching British 40s movies. there were some relly good ones. I need to get back to that project now.
That sounds fun. I just signed up for a new DVD rental place today. I am getting behind in my movies.
I can’t really rent all that much here but have to buy a lot. Renting in Switzerland is more expensive than buying in the UK. Many old war movies are quite cheap though. The two movies I attacehd are very good, btw. Not on your list, I suppose.
Good choice for accolades. I agree with everything you both say about the actors of that time period. My favorite performance by him is in “Tunes of Glory” where he is matched with another Sir – Alec Guinness. They don’t make thespians like them any more.
They probably don’t. I haven’t seen Tunes of Glory, will have to have a look, thanks.
Nice post Caroline…it really shows you have watched too many war movies 😉
I have never seen his movie…as far as I can remember
Thanks, Novroz. They are probably not easy to get, not even here, despite the fact that he has done a lot of movies.I’m not watching as much these days.