“Worth waiting for”
This is classic Sunday afternoon film fare. Made in 1958 the film portrays the exploits of the crew of an allied army ambulance separated from the rest of their company during the evacuation of Tobruk in North Africa in 1942. The crew is made up of an emotionally exhausted Captain (played by John Mills) a nurse, a sergeant and a South African officer they pick up on the way – and who they quickly suspect may not owe his allegiance to the Allies. They must travail minefields, quicksand and over 600 miles of desert with only the faint hope of finding safety and the promise of an ice-cold beer in Alexandria to sustain them.
Filmed in black and white, J Lee (The Guns of Navarone, Cape Fear) Thomson’s direction is lean and tense. The crews growing suspicion of the South African (played ably by Anthony Quayle), and their increasing reliance upon him, is handled very well.
The film enjoyed a brief resurgence of interest in the late 1980’s when an eagle-eyed ad-exec spotted that the beer John Mills so enthusiastically downs in the film’s final scene was a Carlsberg. The company ran the scene in an ad campaign with the tagline “STILL probably the best lager in the world.”
Ice Cold in Alex at IMDB
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