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The Way Ahead (1944)

Approved | | War, Drama | 3 June 1945 (USA)
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 overview, first billed only:
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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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Capt. Edwards
John Ruddock ...
Chelsea Pensioner
A. Bromley Davenport ...
Chelsea Pensioner (as Bromley Davenport)
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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

This film's writers, Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov, and director Carol Reed all previously worked together and made the training film, The New Lot (1943), which was expanded into this film. Actors John Laurie, Raymond Huntley and Peter Ustinov appeared in both "The New Lot" and this movie. 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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Referenced in An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Were the Only Girl (in the World)
(uncredited)
Written by Nat Ayer
Lyrics by Clifford Grey
Performed by Tessie O'Shea and soldiers
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Stars' war service
8 July 2005 | by (.) – See all my reviews

Ubercommando compares 'J Wayne and H Bogart' unfavourably with the cast of this film who were actually serving in the British forces. Well, what about Clark Gable, James Stewart, Tyrone Power, Alan Ladd, Robert Ryan...there is a long list of top American stars who saw active service. On the other hand many British stars saw fit to stick with the acting. To suggest that, in general, American actors were shirkers while the British were sterling fellows is offensive and untrue. It's also worth pointing out that many actors who wanted to join up were specifically asked not to on the basis their propaganda value was greater than their value as individual servicemen, so we shouldn't rush to judgment (and those of us born after the war have no business making judgments anyway.) As to the film, I found it an engrossing account of how men are turned into soldiers. It has much in common with the early episodes of Band of Brothers, although naturally it did not dwell on the horrors of war; after all, the war was still going on and they didn't want to send potential recruits running for the hills. I recommend it warmly but recognize that it will have little appeal for a lot of people.


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