- IMDb page: Scott of the Antarctic (1948)
- Rate: 6.8/10 total 713 votes
- Genre: Action | Adventure | Biography | Drama
- Release Date: 20 April 1949 (USA)
- Runtime: 111 min
- Filming Location: Ealing Studios, Ealing, London, England, UK
- Director: Charles Frend
- Stars: John Mills, Diana Churchill, Harold Warrender | See full cast and crew
- Original Music By: Ralph Vaughan Williams (as Vaughan Williams)
- Soundtrack: Will Ye No Come Back Again?
- Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound System)
- Plot Keyword: Explorer | Antarctic | Ealing | Antarctica | Character Name In Title
Writing Credits By:
- Walter Meade (screenplay) &
- Ivor Montagu (screenplay)
- Mary Hayley Bell (additional dialogue)
- Ralph Vaughan Williams later transformed the score into his seventh symphony, the “Sinfonia Antartica.”
- Captain Scott’s log and many of the personal effects of the explorers were loaned by The British Museum to add to the authenticity of this near-documentary.
- Chosen as the Royal Command Performance film of 1948.
- Vaughan Williams wrote nearly 1000 bars of music for the film, much of it before filming had even started. In the event, less than half of what he wrote was actually used.
- Additional dialog was provided by Mary Hayley Bell, the wife of John Mills.
- The scene where the explorers land at the Bay of Ross was specially extended in the cutting room merely to accommodate the power of Vaughan Williams’ score for the sequence.
- The hut where Scott and his party stay throughout the winter months before their final push to the South Pole still exists today and is a tourist attraction for those few who travel down to that part of the world. The intensely cold, dry air has preserved everything almost exactly as it was a century ago.
- The temperatures recorded by Scott and his team on their ill-fated expedition remain to this day some of the lowest ever recorded.
- Much of the Antarctic scenes were shot on location in Norway.
- James Robertson Justice was so keen to play P.O. Evans he even shaved off his beard for his first scene.
Plot: The true story of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his ill-fated expedition to try to be the first man to discover the South Pole… See more » | »
Story: The true story of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his ill-fated expedition to try to be the first man to discover the South Pole – only to find that the murderously cold weather and a rival team of Norwegian explorers conspire against him Written byMichael Brooke <[email protected]>
- Michael Balcon known as producer
- Sidney Cole known as associate producer
FullCast & Crew:
- John Mills known as Captain R.F. Scott R.N.
- Diana Churchill known as Kathleen Scott
- Harold Warrender known as Dr. E.A. Wilson
- Anne Firth known as Oriana Wilson
- Derek Bond known as Captain L.E.G. Oates
- Reginald Beckwith known as Lt. H.R. Bowers R.I.M.
- James Robertson Justice known as P.O.'Taff' Evans R.N.
- Kenneth More known as Lt. E.G.R. 'Teddy' Evans R.N.
- Norman Williams known as Chief Stoker W. Lashly R.N.
- John Gregson known as P.O. T. Crean R.N.
- James McKechnie known as Surgeon Lt. E.L. Atkinson R.N.
- Barry Letts known as Apsley Cherry-Gerrard
- Dennis Vance known as Charles S. Wright
- Larry Burns known as P.O. P. Keohane R.N.
- Edward Lisak known as Dimitri
- Melville Crawford known as Cecil Meares
- Christopher Lee known as Bernard Day
- John Owers known as F.J. Hooper
- Bruce Seton known as Lt. H. Pennell R.N.
- Clive Morton known as Herbert Ponting F.R.P.S.
- Sam Kydd known as Leading Stoker E. McKenzie R.N.
- Mary Merrett known as Helen Field
- Percy Walsh known as Chairman of Meeting
- Noel Howlett known as First Questioner
- Philip Stainton known as Second Questioner
- Desmond Roberts known as Admiralty Official
- Dandy Nichols known as Caroline
- David Lines known as Telegraph Boy
- Barbara Barnard known as hair stylist
- Harry Frampton known as makeup artist
- Ernest Taylor known as makeup artist
- Harry Wilton known as assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
- Norman Dorme known as draughtsman (uncredited)
- Roger Hopkin known as draughtsman (uncredited)
- Jack Shampan known as draughtsman (uncredited)
- R. Thurgarland known as draughtsman (uncredited)
- Len Wills known as assistant art director (uncredited)
- Ealing Studios
- Philharmonia Orchestra, The music played by
- Survivors and the relatives of late members of Scott's Last Expedition, The this film could not have been made without the generous co-operation of: to them and to those many other persons and organisations too numerous to mention individually who gave such able assistance and encouragement, the producers express their deepest gratitude
- General Film Distributors (GFD) (1948) (UK) (theatrical) (released through)
- Eagle-Lion Classics (1951) (USA) (theatrical)
- J. Arthur Rank Film (1950) (West Germany) (theatrical)
- J.Arthur Rank-Film (1949) (Austria) (theatrical)
- Parvisfilmi (1949) (Finland) (theatrical)
- 905 Entertainment
- Mainostelevisio (MTV) (1977) (Finland) (TV)
- Poderosa Filmes (Brazil) (VHS)
- Warner Home Video (1989) (UK) (VHS)
- Yleisradio (YLE) (1966) (Finland) (TV)
- Yleisradio (YLE) (2008) (Finland) (DVD)
- UK 29 November 1948 (London)
- UK 7 December 1948
- Sweden 7 March 1949
- USA 20 April 1949
- Italy August 1949 (Venice Film Festival)
- Japan 23 August 1949
- Italy 8 September 1949
- Austria 9 September 1949
- Finland 21 October 1949
- Denmark 20 December 1949
- Hong Kong 13 April 1950
- West Germany 21 July 1950
- Portugal 16 November 1950
- USA 25 February 1951 (New York City, New York)
- France 16 May 1952
- East Germany 26 December 1967 (TV premiere)
MPAA: Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language
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