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A Day to Remember (1953)

A group of men from a London pub are going on a darts team outing to Boulogne. Various members of the party have different reasons for going and get involved in various adventures.


Ralph Thomas


Robin Estridge (screenplay), Jerrard Tickell (from novel "The Hand and Flower")


Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Holloway ... Charley Porter
Joan Rice ... Vera Mitchell
Odile Versois ... Martine Berthier
Donald Sinden ... Jim Carver
James Hayter ... Fred Collins
Bill Owen ... Shorty Sharpe
Harry Fowler ... Stan Harvey
Edward Chapman ... Mr. Robinson
Theodore Bikel ... Henri Dubot
Lily Kann Lily Kann ... Grandmere
Brenda de Banzie ... Mrs. Collins (as Brenda De Banzie)
Meredith Edwards ... Bert Tripp
Vernon Gray ... Marvin
Peter Jones ... Percy Goodall
Patricia Raine Patricia Raine ... May
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A group of men from a London pub are going on a darts team outing to Boulogne. Various members of the party have different reasons for going and get involved in various adventures.

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Fred Griffiths who plays the barman on the ferry also had a bit part in the epic war film Dunkirk 1958 which starred Meredith Edwards ( Bert Trip ) See more »


In the last scene of the film, the final words spoken by James Hayter are "Next year it's gonna be Brighton - and that's final." The spoken word 'Brighton' does not match what is actually said. See more »

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A Film to Forget
27 February 2020 | by bikerpaul68See all my reviews

This was billed as a "comedy" when it was shown on Channel 4, and I watched it thinking I would see something of a period I am not quite old enough to remember clearly. However the few humorous elements in the film either fall flat or turn out to be not so funny after all. Worse, the gently amusing idea of a darts team from London on a day trip to Boulogne is interrupted far too often and for too long by the romance between the two main characters (played by Donald Sinden and Odile Versois), which is not only highly improbable but also very badly acted. Stanley Holloway is hardly any better, sleepwalking his way through yet another cheerful Cockney chappie character. The only actor who stands out is a young Bill Owen, who alone among the darts players sees the trip as a way to escape from his miserable life (though, again, not in a particularly amusing way).

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the film is that, while the Londoners are generally one-dimensional and uninteresting (repeating "We must stick together!" when in fact they do the reverse), the French are quite sympathetic and believable; I even felt sorry for the somewhat pompous M. Dubot towards the end.

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English | French

Release Date:

29 March 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

På galej i Boulogne See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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