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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 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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Trivia

When the man running the pub in the village where the film was being shot discovered that he had used up his alcohol ration on the film crew, he was so distraught he committed suicide. See more »

Goofs

As George tries to get away, a soldier follows in the rain, which is visibly organized from the overhead sprinklers. See more »

Quotes

Kommandant Orlter, alias Major Hammond: [addressing the church's congregation] Obey my order and you will not be harmed. Any person who attempts to escape or communicate with the outside world will be shot!
[shouting even louder]
Kommandant Orlter, alias Major Hammond: Is that clear?
The Vicar: You ask me to bow down to the forces of evil here in this House of God?
Kommandant Orlter, alias Major Hammond: I ask nothing! I give you my orders!
The Vicar: I am a minister of the Christian faith. I will take no orders from those who are the enemies and oppressors of mankind!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue:

"Went the day well? We died and never knew, But, well or ill, Freedom, we died for you" See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojoUK: Top 10 British War Movies (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Veni Creator Spiritus
(uncredited)
attributed to Rabano Mauro
Arranged by Ernest Irving
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A brief review of "Went the Day Well"
25 September 1999 | by Nick007-2See all my reviews

For a film made in 1942 this film is fairly hard hitting as it does not shy away from the realities and emotions of warfare. The plot gradually gains pace and the atmosphere is tense as the ordinary English folk rally round to face the professional soldiers of Nazi Germany. The quality of acting is superb throughout and although there are signs of propaganda, it is kept to a minimum and is not overly biased. Highly recommended and very cheap to buy (at least in England it is).


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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:

$7,849, 22 May 2011

Gross USA:

$47,214

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,214
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Company Credits

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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