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Went the Day Well? (1942)

Approved | | Thriller, War | 28 June 1944 (USA)
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An English village is occupied by disguised German paratroopers as an advance post for a planned invasion.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Oliver Wilsford
C.V. France ...
The Vicar
Valerie Taylor ...
Nora
Marie Lohr ...
Mrs. Fraser
Harry Fowler ...
Young George
Norman Pierce ...
Jim Sturry
Frank Lawton ...
Tom Sturry
Elizabeth Allan ...
Peggy
Thora Hird ...
Ivy
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Mrs. Collins
Patricia Hayes ...
Daisy
Mervyn Johns ...
Charlie Sims
Hilda Bayley ...
Cousin Maud
Edward Rigby ...
Johnnie Schofield ...
Joe Garbett (as Johnny Schofield)
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The residents of a British village during WWII welcome a platoon of soldiers who are to be billeted with them. The trusting residents then discover that the soldiers are Germans who proceed to hold the village captive. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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28 June 1944 (USA)  »

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48 Hours  »

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Opening Weekend:

$8,606 (USA) (27 May 2011)

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$24,509 (USA) (27 May 2011)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Basil Sydney refused to re-record some dialogue, saying that he was a member of a religious sect whose members were forbidden to look upon their own image. See more »

Goofs

When the actions start on Monday morning, the shadows are too short; the scene was shot in the afternoon. See more »

Quotes

Charles Sims, the church warder: [looking at a grave marker for the dead German invaders] Yes, that 's the only bit of England they got!
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Opening credits prologue:

"Went the day well? We died and never knew, But, well or ill, Freedom, we died for you" See more »

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Featured in Forever Ealing (2002) See more »

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There'll Always Be an England
(uncredited)
Written by Ross Parker & Hugh Charles
Heard on the radio after dinner at the Manor House
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Surprisingly dark
9 September 2008 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Alberto Cavalcanti's outstanding piece of wartime propaganda is worthy of Hitchcock at his best. It's a surprisingly bleak and sometimes vicious study of British resilience, light years away from the dull Hollywood sentimentality of "Mrs Miniver". It's about a group of Fifth Columnists who take over a small British village in 1942 in preparation for the German invasion and of how the villagers fight back.

It has all the usual stereotypical villagers, (the post-mistress, the squire etc), but these clichéd parts are turned on their heads with surprisingly suspenseful results. Good performances, too, from everybody in a film that is largely undervalued, certainly in this country where we are inclined to acknowledge our 'heroism' but draw the line at going beyond that, as this film does, somewhat uncomfortably.


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