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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 (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
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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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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

When the man running the pub in the village where the film was being shot discovered that he had used up his alcohol ration on the film crew, he was so distraught he committed suicide. See more »

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As George tries to get away, a soldier follows in the rain, which is visibly organized from the overhead sprinklers. 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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Cherry Ripe
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Words by Robert Herrick
Music by Charles Edward Horn
Sung by Maude on her way to visit Mrs Fraser
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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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