Tell England (film)

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Tell England
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Directed by
Written by
Produced by H. Bruce Woolfe
Edited byMary Field
Music by Hubert Bath
Distributed by Wardour Films
Release date
2 March 1931
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Tell England is a 1931 British drama film directed by Anthony Asquith and Geoffrey Barkas and starring Fay Compton, Tony Bruce and Carl Harbord. [1] It is based on the 1922 novel Tell England by Ernest Raymond which featured two young men joining the army, and taking part in the fighting at Gallipoli. [2] Both directors had close memories of Gallipoli, as did Fay Compton's brother, Compton Mackenzie. Asquith's father H. H. Asquith had been Prime Minister at the time of the Gallipoli Landings, a fact which drew press attention to the film, while Barkas had personally fought at Suvla Bay in the Gallipoli campaign.


In the United States it was released under the alternative title The Battle of Gallipoli.


The film had originally been intended to be made as a silent film, but was delayed. It was made at Welwyn Studios using the German Klangfilm process. Much of the film was shot on location in Malta, standing in for Gallipoli.


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