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The Court Martial of Major Keller (1961)

Lawrence Payne stars as Major Kellor, a well respected and decorated officer who is being court-martialled for the murder of his commanding officer Colonel Winch. The facts of the case are ... See full summary »

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Ernest Morris

Writer:

Brian Clemens
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Credited cast:
Laurence Payne ... Major Keller
Susan Stephen ... Laura Winch
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Colonel Winch
Richard Caldicot ... Harrison
Basil Dignam ... Morrell
Austin Trevor ... Power
Simon Lack Simon Lack ... Wilson
Jack McNaughton Jack McNaughton ... Miller
Hugh Cross Hugh Cross ... Captain Cuby
Peter Sinclair Peter Sinclair ... Sergeant
Humphrey Lestocq Humphrey Lestocq ... Lieutenant Cameron
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Anthony ... Burford
John Barron ... M.O. Aubrey
Richard Bennett Richard Bennett ... Captain Phillips
John Brooking John Brooking ... Colonel Faversham
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Lawrence Payne stars as Major Kellor, a well respected and decorated officer who is being court-martialled for the murder of his commanding officer Colonel Winch. The facts of the case are shrouded by the mayhem of war and the effects that fear, pressure and duty have upon a soldier. Did the Major covet the Colonel's wife? Was the Major ambitious and kill Winch to secure a promotion? Or had the Colonel cracked under the pressure of an illustrious battle career? To prove his innocence Major Keller must rely on the evidence and testimonies given in court, however when he himself is the only witness, his word may not be good enough to win his freedom.

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Although filmed in 1961, this B-movie was not actually released in Britain, where it was made, until 1964. See more »

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Decent film but the low budget is obvious
8 January 2015 | by kenneth-hallidaySee all my reviews

The plot of this film concerns a British Army Officer being court- martialled for the murder of a fellow officer on a WW2 battlefield. It is told in flashback through the eyes of witnesses and the accused himself. There is a good script and the acting is never less than acceptable. What lets the film down is the very low budget. At first it's hard to tell when this court martial is taking place as the hairstyles of the servicemen and the hairstyle and clothes of the sole female star seem to suggest the 1960's rather than the 40's. The budget is also a problem when it comes to battle scenes. An attempt has been made to combine archive and newly shot footage which is totally unconvincing and just looks cheap. Overall the film has the look of a TV episode. Despite the above I found this film held my attention throughout it's brief running time and there is a good twist in the tale at the end. I intend watching it a second time which is some kind of recommendation, although I think that the charity shop will be it's ultimate destination.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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December 1961 (UK) See more »

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