- Actors: Eric Portman, Flora Robson, Marjorie Rhodes, Patricia Hayes, Bernard Miles
- Directors: Bernard Miles, Lance Comfort, Charles Saunders
- Format: PAL, Black & White, Import, Full Screen
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Run Time: 155 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B002NPSF0C
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,289 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Tawny Pipit / Great Day [DVD][1944/1945]
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Great Day - In the English village of Denley, the Women's Institute 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. Tawny Pipit - Jimmy Bancroft, a fighter pilot, who is recovering from injuries sustained during the Battle of Britain, and Hazel Court, a nurse, come across a pair of rare birds nestling in a field. After a run in with the army, and a couple of thieves, they, with the cooperation of the village people and the Ornithology Society, help the eggs to hatch.
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This film should be of interest to anyone who loves the English countryside, and would like to see how the Cotwolds looked in 1944. It's an Ealing-style tale depicting an idyllic England, 'where the sun is always shining, the beer is always warm and fair play always prevails.' It was, of course, designed to be a wartime morale booster, so I'm happy to accept this cosy view of village life, whatever the reality may have been. The storyline is a little like the sort of books written for children in those days, and reminded me of the Lone Pine Club stories I used to devour in the late fifties, leading me to plague my parents to take me so see some of the wonderful West country locations where the young club members played out their adventures, enjoying the beauty of nature along the way. What a joy that was for a London kid!
Lovely, warm, Rosamund John, second only to Margaret Lockwood in the forties, is the leading lady, and Irish actor, Niall MacGinnis, plays her boyfriend, a very benign role for this seriously talented actor, who, for me, will always be the gentlemanly but ultra sinister villain in 'Night of The Demon'. And was that little Juliet Mills I spotted sitting up in her pram, smiling cherubicly? To sum up, this movie was 78 minutes of sheer joy for me.
Though it seems very 'twee' when viewed today, in 1944 Tawny Pipit was seen as a welcome morale booster and a light, gentle entertainment for a country still under the threat of invasion from Europe. Vaguely reminiscent of more famous `England-your-England' propaganda efforts like the brutal Ealing classic Went the Day Well? (1942) and The Archers' rather more profound A Canterbury Tale (1944), this is nevertheless a much lighter confection than either of those films. Charming, harmless viewing.
The village of Lipsbury Lea suddenly springs to life when it is discovered that a pair of rare Tawny Pipit's are nesting in one of the local fields. As outside forces threaten to destroy one of nature's great achievements, the villagers rally around to stand defiant in Mother Nature's corner.
Dated? Yes absolutely. Even twee? For sure. Unsubtle propaganda? Too right mate! Wonderful? Yes indeed.
Anyone would think we were fifth columnists!
The Brits were great at this sort of thing, at showing a slice of old fashioned life, where quaintness rules the day and nature's wonderful pastures envelope an assortment of colourful characters rallying around for a collective cause. Tawny Pipit is basically a metaphor for standing up to the bad guys, in this case during war time, Nazi Germany. The message is simple, if we stand together then you shall not have her!
All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small.
The backdrop is quintessential Britain, a place of rolling hills, country lanes, of one public house, one grocery shop, one post office, one vicar who actually serves a purpose to the community and one copper who no doubt gets around on his bicycle. Into this British ideal comes those villagers, each with their own ticks and traits, be it stoic men of straight backs refusing to bend an inch, or pretty ladies doing their bit for the cause - such as stopping tanks in their tracks! And of course pesky villains who would gladly steam roller a birds nest or filch the eggs for financial gain. You shall not pass, unity is powerful. Doesn't matter if it's 1944 or now, it's whimsy with relevance and it's a jolly good show. 7/10