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Went the Day Well? (1942)

 -  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:
Leslie Banks ...
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
Muriel George ...
Mrs. Collins
Patricia Hayes ...
Daisy
Mervyn Johns ...
Charlie Sims
Hilda Bayley ...
Cousin Maud
Edward Rigby ...
Bill Purvis
Johnnie Schofield ...
Joe Garbett (as Johnny Schofield)
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Storyline

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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Thriller | War

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28 June 1944 (USA)  »

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48 Hours  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$24,509 (USA) (27 May 2011)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Debuted in the UK December 7, 1942, exactly one year following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. See more »

Goofs

The telegram is addressed to Mrs Frazer - with a Z, but the character is listed as Fraser - with an S. Also in the churchyard after Major Hammond shoots the vicar, a memorial plaque for the fallen in the 1914-18 war lists Maj I G K Fraser also with an S, presumably a relative. In a small village like Bramley End the village shopkeeper, Mrs Collins, would have known the correct spelling. See more »

Quotes

Kommandant Orlter, alias Major Hammond: [addressing the church's congregation] Obey my order and you will not be harmed. Any person who attempts to escape or communicate with the outside world will be shot!
[shouting even louder]
Kommandant Orlter, alias Major Hammond: Is that clear?
The Vicar: You ask me to bow down to the forces of evil here in this House of God?
Kommandant Orlter, alias Major Hammond: I ask nothing! I give you my orders!
The Vicar: I am a minister of the Christian faith. I will take no orders from those who are the enemies and oppressors of mankind!
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(after credits) ... and the men of the Gloucestershire Regiment, by kind permission of the War Office. See more »

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Radio Blues
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Music by William Walton
Arranged by Ernest Irving
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It went very well
1 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Now I am a sucker for "what if" stories, and what better to have Germans occupying an English village during the war.

What we have in this gem of a film is a great story, we see the villagers pull together and overcome the foe in heroic fashion. We are not spared the horrors of war, I think particularly of the scene when the telephone operator having summoned the courage to kill her German captor is killed trying to contact someone for help, you don't see anything but because of that it is all the more powerful. You are on the edge of your seat hoping the eggs with the message on will get through. We see a lady driving in her car, singing to herself, we then cut to the home guard being mown down on the road, their bodies cleared just as the woman drives round the corner. The two scenes together make for a powerful contrast. Bloody good stuff.

The pace continues through the film at such a rate that you do find yourself on the edge of the seat, the acting is great, though some may find the clipped English accent a little annoying, I liked the fact that there are a number of different accents from cockney to Yorkshire all making the "in it together" message more powerful. When the villagers start to fight back we get to see some hero's, none more so than the lady at the manor house who to save the children throws herself onto a grenade, I remember seeing this scene for the first time and being very moved by it, and every time I watch it again it has the same effect.

As a piece of propaganda it must have worked like a dream as a film it is well made and acted, what more could you want. Even more impressive is that it has aged very little.


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