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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.

Director:

Lance Comfort

Writers:

Lesley Storm (from the play by), John Davenport (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Portman ... Capt. John Ellis
Flora Robson ... Mrs. Liz Ellis
Sheila Sim ... Margaret Ellis
Isabel Jeans ... Lady Mott
Walter Fitzgerald ... Bob Tyndale
Philip Friend ... Geoffrey Winthrop
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Mrs. Nora Mumford
Maire O'Neill Maire O'Neill ... Mrs. Bridget Walsh
John Laurie ... Scottish Officer in Pub
Kathleen Harrison ... Pub Customer
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... Pub Customer
Margaret Withers Margaret Withers ... Miss Jane Tyndale
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Miss Tracy
Irene Handl ... Lady Serving Tea in Tea Stall
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ... Mrs. Beadle
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In the English village of Denley, the Women's Institute (a wartime program channelling 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 (Sheila Sim) 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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According to an article in the April 30, 1945 edition of the Monthly Film Bulletin (a B.F.I. publication), the running time of British-released prints was one hour and twenty minutes, suggesting a considerable amount of footage was cut before its release in the U.S. See more »

Goofs

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: I WILL not be bullied in my own house.
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At the very end, there is a dedication to the womens institutes, in appreciation for the contributions they have made to the war effort through their crafts. See more »

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"Sometimes it's braver to live than to die."
30 October 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is one of those small films about small matters looming to greatness. It's just a small village making a big fuss about a great occasion falling suddenly upon them, making them all contribute a last great war effort to welcome - Eleanor Roosevelt. Of course, she never appears in the film, because the film is about all those small common very human people who are looking foraward to receiving her by making the best possible impression. This is not so easy, as there are tragedies on the way, there is a love affair that turns out in odd ways, there is jealousy among the ladies, and there is Eric Portman in perhaps his finest act. He was always made to play impossible roles, often murderers and at least very unsympathetic characters, and this is no exception, but more overwhelmingly human in its pathetic realism. He has memories of the first world war and has been doing nothing since but living on those memories with a wife and daughter always being obliged to take care of him when he falls, but he makes this impossible role just perfectly, and you will cry for him if not for all the gorgeous community of mostly ladies just making an effort. William Alwyn's music crowns it all with an addition of Hubert Parry in the end to suit Eleanor Roosevelt together with the Star Spangled Banner. Also the cinematography is a marvel with its many close-ups, really closing in on people with their innermost feelings, like Eric Portman in the beginning with his daughter watching birds; but perhaps the greatest impression of all is made by the wonderful dialogue all the way -- it's a vast river of brilliant conversation, nothing remarakable, nothing eloquent, but flowing incessantly of just human nature. In brief, this is one of those very small films that tower above many great ones.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1946 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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