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The Way Ahead (1944)

 -  War | Drama  -  3 June 1945 (USA)
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A group of conscripts are called up into the infantry during WWII. At first they appear a hopeless bunch but their sergeant and Lieutenant have faith in them and mould them into a good team... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lieutenant Jim Perry
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Pvt. Ted Brewer
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Pvt. Evan Lloyd
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Pvt. Luke
Leslie Dwyer ...
Pvt. Sid Beck
Hugh Burden ...
Pvt. Bill Parsons
Jimmy Hanley ...
Pvt. Geoffrey Stainer (as Jimmie Hanley)
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Sgt. Ned Fletcher (as Billy Hartnell)
Reginald Tate ...
The Training Company Commanding Officer
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Captain Edwards
John Ruddock ...
Chelsea Pensioner
A. Bromley Davenport ...
Chelsea Pensioner (as Bromley Davenport)
Renée Asherson ...
Marjorie Gillingham (as Renee Asherson)
Mary Jerrold ...
Mrs. Gillingham
Tessie O'Shea ...
Herself - ENSA Entertainer
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A group of conscripts are called up into the infantry during WWII. At first they appear a hopeless bunch but their sergeant and Lieutenant have faith in them and mould them into a good team. When they go into action in N. Africa they realise what it's all about. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A Story of Today---YOU'LL REMEMBER FOREVER! (original ad - several caps)

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War | Drama

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3 June 1945 (USA)  »

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The Immortal Battalion  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First film screen debut of English actor Trevor Howard in an uncredited role as an Officer on a Ship. See more »

Goofs

The Vickers gun used by Brewer and Luke changes from having a smooth barrel casing/water jacket, in the exterior shots, to a corrugated pattern once inside the Cafe Rispoli. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Ted Brewer: Only one good man ever got into Parliament.
Pvt. Herbert Davenport: Oh really? Who?
Pvt. Ted Brewer: Bleedin' Guy Fawkes.
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Connections

Referenced in My Grandfather, the Doctor (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Wine, Women and Song
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Music by Johann Strauß
Arranged by Frederic Bayco
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11 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having lived in England at the time this movie depicts, I can attest to the absolute authenticity of its content. The characters were those I met every day during those awful years of turmoil. I am also advised by my husband, an ex-paratrooper, that this movie was used as a training film for all recruits, because of its strict adherence to actual army conditions in those days. The main joy for me in watching this film is the group of actors who were so familiar to all of us during those years. From Stanley Holloway (later so famous as Eliza Doolittle's father) to Jimmy Hanley, the handsome, easy-going boy-next door, and all the others in that wonderful ensemble cast - they all appeared in many different movies and were always welcomed as old friends whenever we saw them on the screen.


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