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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")


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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 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


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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English | French

Release Date:

29 March 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

På galej i Boulogne See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Betty E. Box Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any, similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. 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 Day to Remember
17 July 2016 | by cmcastlSee all my reviews

This film doesn't seem to be available on Youtube so I shall have to wait to refresh my memory of it until it appears one fine night or day out of peak hours on goodness knows what channel. But what I can remember of it I remember with fondness. I consider it a minor gem of early post-war British cinema.

The War, and there is still only one war which we call the War, had not been long over after the time the film was set and produced and it does, from what I remember, reproduce that attitude of Little England, and Little Englanders, and a sense of England in the best sense of the phrase which has now disappeared. The two stories which are strong is Bill Owen so smarting from an inferiority complex he joins the Foreign Legion, and that would have made a good sequel in itself, and the heart warming story of Bill Sinden as the young veteran who finally finds himself and his heart through returning to France and encountering a lovely French girl - a dream for many Englishmen then and now! I believe the story ends with the organiser of the trip complaining that next year the annual Pub Trip will stay safely on the English side of the Channel! Vive La France and Vive L'Angleterre!

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