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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 <>

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Release Date:

28 June 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

48 Hours  »

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$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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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 »


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"Went the Day Well? We died and never knew, but, well or ill, freedom, we died for you" See more »


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There'll Always Be an England
Written by Ross Parker & Hugh Charles
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"yes the day good went"
9 November 2002 | by (New Malden,England) – See all my reviews

A still chilling story of german invasion to an ordinary sleepy english village sixty years ago. This brilliantly captured the very real possibility of what could have happened during the first years of world war 2. If you tend to stay away from "older" films because they're too distant and difficult to relate to I strongly recommend this, the characters are believable and the way the story is told is very realistic and not at all sentimental. There are some quite powerful scenes which are quite shocking and totally unexpected in a film this old. (9/10)

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