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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
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The movie is based on the short story "The Lieutenant Died Last" by Graham Greene. It can be found in his anthology titled "The Last Word, and Other Stories". Ironically, in the Preface to this collection, Greene writes, in part, that he missed seeing the movie because he was out of England on war assignment. See more »
None of the Thompson submachine guns have front sights. Curious omission since the drum magazines appear to be real. See more »
I can't help but think of the similarities between this film and the later production "The Eagle Has Landed" based on the novel by Jack Higgins. Both films concern the capture of a sleepy English village by crack German paratroopers disguised as members of an allied force. In both stories the villagers are herded into the church and held captive, although the duration of captivity in the latter production is relatively short. Also, in the Higgins story, the objective of the German troops is the capture of Winston Churchill, not acting as an advance party probing weaknesses prior to the conquest of Britain.
The beauty of "Went The Day Well" is that is of its time, and the product of a country that was still at war, and reflects the concerns of the British wartime population. If you have an interest in World War Two and like black and white films, then by all means see this film.
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