Suspense (1930)

Genres - War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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There were so many anti-war films in the early 1930s that a reviewer for the British Suspense complained that the genre was becoming hopelessly cliched. In "Lost Patrol" fashion, the story concentrates on a small group of British soldiers, trapped in a tiny trench along the Enemy line. Most of the story deals with the vacillating relationships among the commanding officer Captain Wilson (Jack Raine), old-campaigner sergeant McCluskey (Cyril McLaglen, brother of Victor) and shell-shocked private Reggie Pettigrew (Mickey Brantford). Adding to an already tense situation is the fact that Wilson has previously fallen in love with Pettigrew's sweetheart. Producer-director Walter Summers adapted the screenplay of Suspense from a play by Patrick MacGill.

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war, bad-guy, battle-fatigue, good-guy, sergeant, soldier, survivor