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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

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 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1946 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to an article in the April 30, 1945 edition of the Monthly Film Bulletin (a BFI publication), the running time of British-released prints was 80 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 »

Quotes

Capt. John Ellis: You don't remember what it was like before the thinking people mucked up everything.
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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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Brit WWII film
18 April 2013 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

As the film opens, we see a group of women gathering to discuss something of GREAT importance. It turns out the town will have a famous visitor, and they are determined to have everything go just right.

Lady Mott ( Isabel Jeans ) is leading up the group to spiff up the village, and to make everything perfect, and is turning everyone upside down. She is rude to everyone, and when they call her on it, all hell breaks loose. There's one scene about 20 minutes in, where she is speaking to someone outside on a country road, and you can hear quite the echo, showing that it was clearly filmed on a sound stage. The main story revolves around the Ellis family, who all have their troubles. Meg Ellis (Sheila Sim) must choose between the two men in her life. Her father has a hobby which is discovered and frowned upon by the authorities. Supporting roles for Eric Portman and Flora Robson It's all quite entertaining, for a WWII film. IMDb lists the runtime as 62 minutes for the U.S. version, but TCM must be showing the British version at 80 minutes.

This British RKO film is directed by Lance Comfort; it took another year to make it over to the U.S. after the war had ended.


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