Review: ‘The Triple Echo’

Story is set on an English farm in 1943. Alice (Glenda Jackson) has been living alone in the country, since her husband was taken a prisoner by the Japanese a half-year earlier. One day a young soldier, Barton (Brian Deacon), comes along and during a tender moment she invites him in for tea. When time comes for Barton to rejoin his regiment, he decides to go AWOL and stay with Alice. So as not to be discovered he starts donning female clothes.

Story is set on an English farm in 1943. Alice (Glenda Jackson) has been living alone in the country, since her husband was taken a prisoner by the Japanese a half-year earlier. One day a young soldier, Barton (Brian Deacon), comes along and during a tender moment she invites him in for tea. When time comes for Barton to rejoin his regiment, he decides to go AWOL and stay with Alice. So as not to be discovered he starts donning female clothes.

Just as Barton is becoming tired of his equivocal role, a stray tank comes rolling down the hill with a sergeant (Oliver Reed) in it. Next day he’s back again, trying to catch a glimpse of Barton, whom he believes to be Alice’s sister. At length he does see the ‘sister’ and announces he’s going to take her out dancing.

Aside from the contrived ending, the slow pacing through most of the pic up to the time Reed appears, one never really gets into the motivations of the two main characters.

The Triple Echo

UK

Production

Hemdale/Senta. Director Michael Apted; Producer Graham Cottle; Screenplay Robin Chapman; Camera Mark Wilkinson; Editor Barrie Vince; Music Denis Lewiston; Art Director Edward Marshall

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 102 MIN.

With

Glenda Jackson Oliver Reed Brian Deacon Anthony May Gavin Richards Jenny Lee Wright
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