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Went the Day Well?

Went the Day Well?

Leslie Banks
Director: Alberto Cavalcanti Cast: Leslie Banks
Leslie Banks
, Basil Sydney
Basil Sydney
, Frank Lawton
Frank Lawton
Alberto Cavalcanti


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Released in the US as Forty-Eight Hours, Went the Day Well? is a solidly constructed wartime melodrama. Actually, the film covers 72 hours in the life of the small British village of Bramley Green, which serves as the focal point for an attempted German invasion. Immediately upon parachuting in the community, vicious Nazi officer Ortier (Basil Sydney) makes contact with local Fifth Columnist Oliver Wileford (Leslie Banks), using the film's British title as their password. Fortunately, Democracy is preserved when postmistress-telephone operator Mrs. Collins (Muriel George), picking up on a simple clue inadvertently left behind by the well-disguised Germans, alerts her neighbors of impending danger. The British home guardsmen and German soldiers seen in the film were drawn from the ranks of of the real-life Gloucestershire Regiment, who volunteered their services for this patriotic morale-booster. The episode screenplay of Went the Day Well (based on Graham Greene story) was unified by the direct-to-camera narration of the town gravedigger, a device deftly borrowed from Our Town.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2015
UPC: 0644827112722
Original Release: 1942
Source: Reel Vault
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 28,035

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leslie Banks Oliver Wilsford
Basil Sydney Maj. Ortler
Frank Lawton Tom Sturry
Elizabeth Allan Peggy
Valerie Taylor Nora Ashton
John Slater German Sergeant
C.V. France Vicar
Marie Lohr Mrs. Frazer
Harry Fowler Young George
Norman Pierce Jim Sturry
Thora Hird Ivy
Muriel George Mrs. Collins
Patricia Hayes Daisy
Mervyn Johns Charles Sims
Hilda Bayley Cousin Maud
Edward Rigby Bill Purvis
Ellis Irving Harry Drew
Grace Arnold Mrs. Owen
David Farrar Lieutenant Jung
Eric Micklewood Soldier
Johnnie Schofield Joe Garbett
Victor Weske Axed German Soldier

Technical Credits
Alberto Cavalcanti Director
S.C. Balcon Associate Producer
Michael Balcon Producer
Sidney Cole Editor
Wilkie Cooper Cinematographer
John Dighton Screenwriter
Ernest Irving Musical Direction/Supervision
Roy Kellino Special Effects
Angus MacPhail Screenwriter
Tom Morahan Art Director
Diana Morgan Screenwriter
William Walton Score Composer
Eric Williams Sound/Sound Designer

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