Went the Day Well? (1942)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Oliver Wilsford
C.V. France ...
The Vicar (as C. V. France)
Valerie Taylor ...
Marie Lohr ...
Mrs. Fraser
Harry Fowler ...
Young George
Norman Pierce ...
Jim Sturry
Frank Lawton ...
Tom Sturry
Elizabeth Allan ...
Thora Hird ...
Mrs. Collins
Patricia Hayes ...
Mervyn Johns ...
Charlie Sims
Hilda Bayley ...
Cousin Maud
Edward Rigby ...
Johnnie Schofield ...
Joe Garbett (as Johnny Schofield)


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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Release Date:

28 June 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

48 Hours  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$24,509 (USA) (27 May 2011)

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(RCA Sound System) (as RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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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Opening credits prologue:

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


Featured in War Stories (2006) See more »


There'll Always Be an England
Written by Ross Parker & Hugh Charles
Heard on the radio after dinner at the Manor House
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A credible representation of what could well have happened.
10 September 2001 | by (Lincolnshire, England.) – See all my reviews

I saw 'Went the Day Well' in 1943, as a 12 year old in war-time England.What I remember most about the film is that it was utterly convincing, both in the authenticity of the setting and the quality of the acting,My friends and I were, of course, perhaps less sophisticated and streetwise than the 12 year olds of today, nevertheless, the film left a lasting impression and I, at least, can remember it in a fair amount of detail, even after the passage of nearly sixty years. The least convincing part to us was the fight between the soldiers,English and German, towards the end of the film,located in and around the church - perhaps this was because we had watched too many carefully staged propanganda epics belittling the ability of the Germans ! All in all,though, a film which brought home the fact that the freedom we take for granted can so easily be lost unless we are eternally vigilant.

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