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Went the Day Well? - Digitally Restored (80 Years of Ealing) [Blu-ray] 
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Based on the story by Grahame Greene, Went The Day Well? is a classic piece of propagandist entertainment, a warning to British citizens to remain ever alert for the arrival of the enemy. Alberto Cavalcanti’s film tells the story of a quiet English village which has been infiltrated by German Soldiers masquerading as British Troops, leaving the plucky villages to uncover the plot and fight back.
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Gradually the villagers begin to suspect things aren't right, and then realize what they're dealing with. The Germans cordon off the village and show their true, ruthless nature. The villagers need to break through the cordon to alert authorities and get help. They also decide they must take action themselves to stop the Germans. This is complicated because the village houses a traitor. The climax is the Battle of Bromley End, with British Home Guard troops arriving while the Germans, attacking the manor house where they must set up their equipment, are held off by the brave men and women of the village.
You'll recognize some fine actors: Leslie Banks, David Farrar, Thora Hird, Basil Sydney, Mervyn Johns among others. The film is a well-constructed and effective bit of wartime home-front propaganda.
The Germans make their entrances disguised as British soldiers and thus the film is taken up with the how the villagers realise the truth and work to foil the invaders. There are a number of affecting scenes, some of them the more so purely because of their simplicity and the "ordinariness" of many of the characters whether dying at the hands of the invaders or performing heroic deeds. The film is also notable for a youthful appearance of the late Thora Hird. This is an excellent wartime thriller and a strong 5* treat.
More importantly at long last we are seeing a proper overhaul of the Ealing catalogue which for years consisted of worn out prints. The restoration of both picture and sound are top notch and easily on a par with Optimum's recent releases like "Ice Cold in Alex" and "The Cruel Sea". With the likes of "The Lavender Hill Mob" and "Quatermass and the Pit" forthcoming, this is turning out to be a great year for fans of classic British Cinema.
Some of the actors were not actors at all, they were army officers doing their bit. Hence the 'woodenness' of some of them. For me Harry Fowler stood out as being a real actor, in my opinion one of the best in the whole film.Read more ›
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Watched this film loads of times a real classic. Fore runner of the eagle has landed. But made during WWII.Published 2 months ago by Pen Name
Beguiling second world war two propaganda best away from any Brexiteers!Published 5 months ago by Ivor widdison
Great film, nice to see one of Dame Thora Hird's early rolesPublished 7 months ago by Mr Chris Watson
Another classic from Ealing Studios,filmed in the lovely Buckinghamshire villlage of Turville,seen more recently in Midsomer Murders and
The Vicar of Dibley. Read more