Cinema: Young & Evil

Reach for Glory. In one of the opening scenes, a band of British schoolboys, evacuees from the London blitz, stand panting on the rim of a precipice above a roiling sea. The victim of their chase, someone's pet cat, has just plunged to death on the rocks below—and perceptive viewers will know from their boyish faces that by the end of the film the cat-chasers will be demanding a real human victim.

All the boys are dazzled with the glory of war: "You don't think it will end before we're old enough to get in it, do you?" When the school starts...

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