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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:
Leslie Banks ...
Oliver Wilsford
C.V. France ...
The Vicar (as C. V. France)
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
...
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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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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Release Date:

28 June 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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) (as RCA)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The poem from which the title is taken and which appears at the start of the film, is actually the second of four epitaphs written in 1918 by Greek scholar John Maxwell Edmonds. These were written for graves and memorials for those who died in battle. The full epitaph included a heading, "On Some who died early in the Day of Battle Went the day well? We died and never knew. But, well or ill, Freedom, we died for you." Another of Edmonds' epitaphs is "When you go home, tell them of us and say, For your tomorrows these gave their today". See more »

Goofs

As George tries to get away, a soldier follows in the rain, which is visibly organized from the overhead sprinklers. See more »

Quotes

Cousin Maude: [after witnessing one of the "Royal Engineers" abuse an inquisitive boy] Oh, you great beast! You great bullying brute you, knocking a child about! You're a disgrace to your uniform! Why, you're no better than a German, - that's what you are!
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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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