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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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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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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

Debuted in the UK December 7, 1942, exactly one year following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. See more »

Goofs

The telegram is addressed to Mrs Frazer - with a Z, but the character is listed as Fraser - with an S. Also in the churchyard after Major Hammond shoots the vicar, a memorial plaque for the fallen in the 1914-18 war lists Maj I G K Fraser also with an S, presumably a relative. In a small village like Bramley End the village shopkeeper, Mrs Collins, would have known the correct spelling. See more »

Quotes

[the Land Army girls are defending the Manor House]
Ivy: [Peggy shoots a German] What's up?
Peggy: I shot one
Ivy: Good girl. You know, we ought to keep score. That's one to you. Half a minute now, I'll have a go.
Ivy: [Ivy shoots at a German, but misses] Missed him. Can't even hit a sitting Jerry.
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(after credits) ... and men of The Gloucestershire Regiment By kind permission of The War Office See more »

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Referenced in Misery (1990) See more »

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Radio Blues
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Music by William Walton
Arranged by Ernest Irving
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Surprisingly dark
9 September 2008 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Alberto Cavalcanti's outstanding piece of wartime propaganda is worthy of Hitchcock at his best. It's a surprisingly bleak and sometimes vicious study of British resilience, light years away from the dull Hollywood sentimentality of "Mrs Miniver". It's about a group of Fifth Columnists who take over a small British village in 1942 in preparation for the German invasion and of how the villagers fight back.

It has all the usual stereotypical villagers, (the post-mistress, the squire etc), but these clichéd parts are turned on their heads with surprisingly suspenseful results. Good performances, too, from everybody in a film that is largely undervalued, certainly in this country where we are inclined to acknowledge our 'heroism' but draw the line at going beyond that, as this film does, somewhat uncomfortably.


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