173. Ice Cold in Alex (GB 1958)

Military ambulance makes its way through the Western Desert to Alexandria during World War 2.


d. J. Lee Thompson

starring: John Mills, Sylvia Syms, Anthony Quayle, Harry Andrews

bit parts: Alan Cuthbertson  (Colonel Hall in 'Fawlty Towers'!)

Flatly directed, uninspired cinematography, bad music and clichéd through over familiarity, but if you remember, the entire raison d'etre of 'SVDC' (as its come to be known in hip circles: The Royal, Breck Road L5; The Garrick Snug, Birkenhead; Spencer's, London Road L3) is to find at least one good 'bit' in a film that makes the spectator's miserable, joyless, drug-blighted life 'one better'.' Ice Cold in Alex' doesn't have good bits in 'spades' (more later), but is worth watching for:

       1. Sylvia Sims: may be a nonogenarian bloater now, but astoundingly pretty in this film

Sylvia Syms in a completely different film.

Not a film to watch if you're an alcoholic, but a film worth watching if you've been binge drinking like a bastard and you've woken up promising yourself "never again".

The Harry Andrews gang practised their massed "Who are you fuckin' lookin' at?" stare every day in Cooper's, Liverpool City Centre..

*A lie.