Although Capt. Robert Scott failed to be the first to reach the South Pole (the Norwegians, under Roald Amundsen, won that prize), and although all five members of Scott's expedition died on the way back--as much due to faulty planning as to bad luck and bad weather--Scott has been
revered as a hero of the British Empire. This film, a fairly accurate account of his doomed expedition of 1911-1912, was a major success and was the royal-commmand performance of 1948. The cast is good, in the stiff-upper-lip style of British heroics, and the actors were partly chosen on the basis
of their resemblance to the real participants in the events. Current counsel holds that Sco...