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Went the Day Well? (1942)

Approved | | Thriller, War | 28 June 1944 (USA)
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An English village is occupied by disguised German paratroopers as an advance post for a planned invasion.

Director:

Alberto Cavalcanti (as Cavalcanti)

Writers:

Graham Greene (story), John Dighton (story and screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Banks ... Oliver Wilsford
C.V. France ... The Vicar
Valerie Taylor ... Nora
Marie Lohr ... Mrs. Fraser
Harry Fowler ... Young George
Norman Pierce Norman Pierce ... Jim Sturry
Frank Lawton ... Tom Sturry
Elizabeth Allan ... Peggy
Thora Hird ... Ivy
Muriel George ... Mrs. Collins
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ... Daisy
Mervyn Johns ... Charlie Sims
Hilda Bayley Hilda Bayley ... Cousin Maud
Edward Rigby ... Bill Purvis
Johnnie Schofield Johnnie Schofield ... Joe Garbett (as Johnny Schofield)
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Storyline

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 <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Thriller | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

28 June 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Went the Day Well? See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,606, 27 May 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,509, 27 May 2011
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Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System) (as RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alberto Cavalcanti was paid £45 a week while making the film. See more »

Goofs

After breaking out of the church a number of the villagers go into Oliver Wilsford's cottage but Jim Sturry, the pub landlord, refers to him as Mr Wilson. See more »

Quotes

Charles Sims, the church warder: [looking at a grave marker for the dead German invaders] Yes, that's the only bit of England they got!
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Opening credits prologue:

"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
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Written by Ross Parker & Hugh Charles
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Its Unexpected Violence Causes It to Project with Particular Prominence
15 January 2009 | by jzappaSee all my reviews

In WWII England a troop of surveyors are dispatched into a characteristically happy-go-lucky and scenic village, though really they are a select assemblage of German officers with orders to seize control of the township on the horizon of a covert German attack in a few days. Director Alberto Cavalcani is smart. Rather than this information creeping up on us like a twist, we grasp this from the start. When one of the villagers grows suspicious, we are in an enhanced state of tension. The Germans hijack the parish, a handful among which refuse to lose hope of alerting the unsuspecting free world around them.

Do not make the mistake of presuming that it is an insincere propaganda yarn, considering its era. This is in fact quite an electrifying tale of survival. If so many can overlook the propaganda of obsolete films like Battleship Potemkin, there is certainly room for this picture. It stands out, owing much to its unexpected flashes of violence that are sincerely exhilarating and often frank and uncompromising in terms of the drama. It is not gritty like most modern war films. The quaintly timeless English ambiance, and the consistent theme of it maintaining its spry morale, is a clever and natural juxtaposition to the taut aggression of the conflict, which is thus more well-defined. The relatively unfamiliar cast is plainly high- quality.

At its hub, yes, it's a work of propaganda exploiting a thriller story to enrapture its WWII-era British spectators. But mind you, it is based on a story by English writer and WWII MI6 spy Graham Greene. Nevertheless, the English were righteous in that war, remaining the only European country the Germans intended to occupy but never could. This piece grows to be as riveting as any other good movie, and what's more, its unexpected violence causes it to project with particular prominence.


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