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Great Day (1945)

An impending V.I.P. visit causes bustle in an English village, while the Ellis family struggles with private problems.

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Mrs. Liz Ellis
Sheila Sim ...
Margaret Ellis
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Lady Mott
Walter Fitzgerald ...
Bob Tyndale
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Geoffrey Winthrop
Marjorie Rhodes ...
Mrs. Nora Mumford
Maire O'Neill ...
Mrs. Bridget Walsh
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Scottish officer in pub
Kathleen Harrison ...
Pub Customer
Leslie Dwyer ...
Pub Customer
Margaret Withers ...
Miss Jane Tyndale
Beatrice Varley ...
Miss Tracy
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Lady serving Tea in Tea Stall.
Patricia Hayes ...
Mrs. Beadle
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In the English village of Denley, the Women's Institute (a wartime program channeling village products to the troops) is electrified to hear that they'll be visited by Eleanor Roosevelt. As the women struggle to get ready while bursting with the great secret, we glimpse their home lives in subplots, notably the problematic love life of young Margaret Ellis and the travails of her proud but impoverished father. How will their lives change before the Great Day? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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You've seen such girls in this town

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30 October 1946 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Towards the end when Flora Robson is talking Eric Portman into seeing Eleanor Roosevelt's visit to the village, she places her hand on his right shoulder, then her hand is on the top of his arm and then back on his shoulder again. See more »

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Capt. John Ellis: You don't remember what it was like before the thinking people mucked up everything.
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This picture is dedicated to the members of the Women's Institutes who throughout this war have revived the ancient crafts of the villages in the service of the community, who have given freely of their time and knowledge and by the work of their hands and without gain to themselves have greatly increased their country's resources. See more »

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From the UK perspective ...
27 November 2016 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Gosh, what an odd view the other reviews paint of this film's setting! The Women's Institute was a significant voluntary organisation during WW2. This film is one of many paying a tribute to that organisation - a recognition of their contribution to the war effort. Like other films of this type, e.g. Fires Were Started, they'd be a bit dull if they didn't include some human interest - and that is where most of the plot is driven - in particular with respect to the Ellis family.

The casting is interesting. The year before the fantastic A Canterbury Tale - a Powell and Pressburger gem - came out. The stars of this brilliant film were - Eric Portman and Sheila Sim - Captain and Miss Ellis in Great Day. The chemistry between the two in ACT was, I'm sure, what got them into Great Day. Even Miss Sim's (later Lady Attenborough, by the way) clothes were carried over - it seems!


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