Wakefield CAMRA Homepage Ale On DVD Index Bob Wallis (reviewer)
(several different covers can be found)
Ice Cold in Alex
is a ripping 1958 WW2 movie of the kind that gets shown on Sunday
afternoon tv, starring an alcoholic John Mills,as Captain Anson, often
near cracking up under the pressure and nurse Sylvia Sims who had to have
several scenes re-shot on censorís orders for having too much unbuttoned
in the searing North African desert heat. Itís an ill assorted bunch of
army and ambulance personnel retreating from Tobruk to Alexandria, trying
to keep ahead of Rommelís divisions. Youíre not quite sure of Anthony
Quayleís Captain van der Poel, the supposedly South African officer whom
they pick up along the way, so knowledgeable but how trustworthy? Heís
only been taken along because he comes with three bottles of gin.
Itís nail-biting with the ambulance crossing a minefield, van der Poel
sinking in quicksand, the suspicion around him and his mysterious package,
the temperamental engine, a dune so steep that the only way they can get
up it is to hand-crank that engine.
the thought of a cold beer that keeps Mills going and in the bar scene in
Alexandria, he was drinking
beer because ginger ale and other substitutes didn't look real enough on
film. By the 14th take, he actually was quite drunk. Watch out for Land
Rovers, not built until 1948! But yes it was Carlsberg in the original.
The dvd can be had for about £5.99.