Two War Films by Lewis Gilbert 01/23/24
Fans of Brit war fare will like these mid-’50s look-backs at daring exploits in uniform, directed by Lewis Gilbert. Albert R.N. is a little-seen but rather good POW tale taken from real life. Anthony Steel, Jack Warner, Robert Beatty & William Sylvester try out a brilliant but risky escape plan, utilizing a ‘new’ prisoner in their barrack, ‘Albert.’ Then, suspense in a life raft is the subject of The Sea Shall Not Have Them. Air-sea rescue in the English Channel is performed by Royal Air Force personnel — in boats. The cast is even more stellar: Michael Redgrave, Dirk Bogarde, Nigel Patrick. On Blu-ray from The Cohen Collection.