Reach for Glory

Reach for Glory . originally passed with an 'X' certificate by the then British Board of Film Censors (no one under the age of 16 years allowed into a cinema to see it) is a 1961 (released in 1962) British film adaptation of John Rae's 1961 novel, The Custard Boys, directed by Philip Leacock.[1][2][3] It received a United Nations Award.[4]

Reach for Glory
Directed byPhilip Leacock
Produced byJud Kinberg
John Kohn
Written byJohn Rae (novel)
StarringHarry Andrews
Kay Walsh
Music byBob Russell
CinematographyBob Huke
Edited byFrederick Wilson
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
Running time
86 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom


A group of boys, evacuated during World War II from London to a coastal town, form a gang and play war games. Too young to fight in the war and afraid it will be over by the time they come of age, the group members, who are also in the school's Army Cadet Force initiate a battle with the local teenagers. Curlew, a local youth, invites an Austrian Jewish refugee with whom he has formed a close relationship to take part in the shenanigans. At first the Jewish boy, Stein, is scorned because of his "Germanic" heritage but is later allowed to join. When Stein runs off during a fight, the youths decide to give him a fake court-martial and execution, but real bullets are used by a freak mistake and Stein is killed.



  • Jud Kinberg
  • John Kohn
Music by
  • Bob Russell
  • Robert Huke
Film editing
  • Frederick Wilson
Art direction
  • John Blezard
Production Management
  • Timothy Burrill (unit manager)
  • Fred Gunn (production manager)
Assistant Director
  • David Tomblin
Sound Department
  • Maurice Askew (sound recordist)
  • Cyril Collick (sound recordist)
  • Don Sharpe (dubbing editor)
Camera operator
  • Ronnie Maasz
Music Department
  • Maurice Binder (title designer)
  • Eileen Head (continuity)[5]


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