Went The Day Well?

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Owen, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I'm off sick from work so was able to watch this today.
    Great old film from 1942 about German paras disgused as Royal Engineers taking over a sleepy village ready for the invasion of Britain.
    A theme similar to The Eagle Has Landed.
    The Gloustershire Regiment helped make the film which makes me wonder how many of the film's extras became real casualties later in the war.
    Good atmospheric piece of wartime British cinema.
    Better than being at work.
    Here's some more info on the film.
  2. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Yes I would concur with Owens review. A good film indeed. :D
  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    One of the best.
  4. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Yesterday Channel 4 showed the classic B/W film
    Went the Day Well? (1942)

    For those who have never seen this film ,it is based on a Graham Greene novel about a German parachute squad being dropped into a quiet English village as a precursor to an invasion.

    I have seen the film many times before but this time I saved it on to DVD and watched it again earlier this morning.

    The film itself was made in 1942, the year I was called up into the Forces and watching it again this morning I was struck by the immense courage shown by those responsible for its making.

    The opening scene shows Mervyn Johns in the village churchyard commenting on the fact that there was a marker on a memorial stone that listed German soldiers as being buried there.

    He says " Nothing was said until after the war was over and old Hitler got what was coming to him"

    Just think about that.........

    The film was made in 1942 and I will remind you that eventual victory by the Allies was not until 1945.

    Such confidence..................

    The mind boggles !!!!!

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  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    yes Ron
    a good film indeed
  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I always remember as a child being s**t scared when the German burst into the Telephone Switchboard/Exchange and killed the Operator !
  7. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Having joined the ranks of the unemployed again (2nd time in 9 months) I watched it again. Also watched 'The way ahead' again the other day too. Both classics. Sink the Bismark on today too.
  8. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Absolute classic film.

  9. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    One of my favourites, shame I missed it yesterday.

    It's amazing how many times I've seen 'Went The Day Well?' on inscriptions in CWGC cemeteries.
  10. izzy

    izzy Senior Member

    Am i right in saying that the village used in the film also appeared in the Vicar of Dibley ?
  11. phylo_roadking

    phylo_roadking Very Senior Member

    It did indeed! And MANY other television dramas.

    The windmill you can occasionally see is a VERY popular one for TV production companies.
  12. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    The title 'Went the day well' appears in so many WW11 documents,stories, gravestones and talk.
    It must have been the cult film of 42!
  13. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

  14. phylo_roadking

    phylo_roadking Very Senior Member

  15. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

  16. phylo_roadking

    phylo_roadking Very Senior Member

    Actually, AbsoluteAstronomy.

    But indeed, better removed. Everyone can use the link provided instead.
  17. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    No matter, please source something that isn't your own text.
  18. phylo_roadking

    phylo_roadking Very Senior Member

    Various other pieces filmed in Turville include

    The church in "Dead of Night"
    The first episode of "The Knock"
    Big chunks of "Midsomer Murders"
    several episodes of The New Avengers
    Parts of "A Yank in Ermine" (1955),
    "A Voyage Round My Father"
    "Paradise Postponed"

    and of course
    "Goodnight Mr Tom"....

    While with various adhesions...Cobstone Windmill was ...

  19. Steve G

    Steve G Senior Member

    It's in my limited DVD Collection [​IMG]

    Elizabeth Allan? Not much wrong with her in her time! :D
  20. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    I hadn't realised how much this film was appreciated by the "younger" forum members.

    On a minor note, when I first posted a new thread entitled "Went the day well?" I rather stupidly thought that it had not been covered before. I therefore didn't bother to do a search on the title to see if it had been previously discussed.

    When one of the mods (I believe it was Owen) spotted my faux pas and sensibly merged it with the original thread of the same name I was suitably reminded that a good rule of thumb before posting is to check on the posibility of previous articles covering the same theme. :(

    Back on the film itself, how many of you spotted a very young Patricia Hayes and an even younger Harry Fowler ?

    Cheers, you film buffs :)


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