A Town Like Alice [DVD] [1956]

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Special Features

  • A profile of A Town Like Alice: This documentary account features interviews with Virginia McKenna and Jean Anderson (starring actresses), and Jack Lee (director). (26 minutes, Color, 2000)
  • Photo gallery


A Town Like Alice
A harrowing WWII drama that was a huge critical and commercial success in England, this British production was based on a novel by Nevil Shute. During the war, a group of prisoners, mostly women and children, are led by Japanese soldiers on a brutal march through Malaysia. Some die by the roadside and others are sadistically tortured. One of the women, Jean Paget (Virginia McKenna), is befriended by an Australian man who is also a prisoner of war, Joe Harman (Peter Finch). Joe tells Jean about his hometown of Alice Springs, an oasis in the Australian outback. When he steals a chicken to feed Jean and the others, Joe is caught and treated ruthlessly. The Japanese force Jean and the others to march on while Joe is put on a crucifix and left to die. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Virginia McKenna
    Virginia McKenna - Jean Paget
  • Peter Finch
    Peter Finch - Joe Harman
  • Image coming soon
    Marie Lohr - Mrs. Dudley Frost
  • Renee Houston
    Renee Houston - Ebbey
  • Jean Anderson
    Jean Anderson - Miss Horsefall
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