The High Command

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The High Command
The High Command (1937 film).jpg
U.S. poster
Directed by Thorold Dickinson
Produced by Gordon Wellesley
Written by Walter Meade (dialogue)
Katherine Strueby (screenplay)
Val Valentine (dialogue)
Based on novel The General Goes Too Far by Lewis Robinson
Starring Lionel Atwill
Lucie Mannheim
Music by Ernest Irving
Cinematography Otto Heller
Edited by Sidney Cole
Fanfare Pictures
Distributed by Associated British Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • March 22, 1937 (1937-03-22) (London)
Running time
84 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The High Command is a 1937 British drama film directed by Thorold Dickinson and starring Lionel Atwill, Lucie Mannheim and James Mason.[1]


This is the improbable tale of an English officer who murders a man in Ireland for chivalrous reasons. Years later, he has risen to the rank of Major-General, and is stationed in West Africa. There, his old crime is discovered, and he allows himself to be murdered rather than involve his daughter in his own disgrace.[2]



The Sunday Times wrote of this film: "Its avoidance of reality and its slowness make it a first-class soporific in this sultry weather."[2] Despite the film's faults, the novelist and author Graham Greene opined that the directing work by Thorold Dickinson made the film much better than it otherwise would have been.[2]


  1. ^ "The High Command (1937)". 
  2. ^ a b c Greene, Graham. The Graham Greene Film Reader: Reviews, Essays, Interviews & Film Stories, p. 208 (Hal Leonard Corporation, 1994).

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