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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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Storyline

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

This film stars David Niven who himself was a Major in the British Army. See more »

Goofs

Following some energetic army training, Private Bill Parsons is seen sitting on the grass at the top of a cliff, with his colleagues, exhausted. However, the action then cuts to him being helped up the cliff. 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

Lily of Laguna
(uncredited)
Written by Leslie Stuart
Sung in Rispoli's Cafe by the platoon and others
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Well scripted and directed film of the time.

A film that despite being made in 1944, avoids sterotyping British Characters. A story about a group of people, from various civilian jobs, who receive their call-up papers. It shows them progressing through their training and entering action in North Africa.


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