Writer Leslie Thomas revisits his Malayan war memoirs but this time the result is more akin to “Confessions of a National Serviceman”.
1950: a group of British soldiers are stationed at Tanglin Barracks in Singapore for their National Service. Despondent at the thought of fighting guerrillas in the jungle, Privates Brigg (Robin Askwith) and Jacobs (George Layton) turn their attentions to the local girls.
Delectable nurses Bernice (Pamela Stephenson) and Valerie (Lynda Bellingham) attract their interest.
Nigel Davenport returns from the original The Virgin Soldiers (1966) as the barking sergeant, but Robin Askwith is a crude substitute for Hywel Bennett and the lavatorial humour sits uneasily alongside the stabs at drama.
Edward Woodward enjoys unusual casting as a disciplinarian NCO who’s a coward at heart. Miriam Margolyes appears as Elephant Ethel, a prostitute at the Golden Grape whorehouse.
John Le Mesurier
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