Your favorite British WWII movies made during the war?

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by AJhoward, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. AJhoward

    AJhoward Member

    Of the British movies produced during WWII, which are your favorites?

    My favorites so far:

    Ministry of Fear
    Mrs. Miniver
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  2. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Oooh, good thread idea.

    I don't know as many British wartime movies as I probably should know. I do like The Way Ahead and Went the Day Well. Both of these are about as good and honest as war movies can be when made in wartime. British wartime war movies make our own wartime war pictures look childish by comparison.
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  3. AJhoward

    AJhoward Member

    I love "The Way Ahead." My favorite character is the surly older veteran at the beginning. He's hilarious.

    "Went the Day Well" is incredibly suspenseful.
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  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Me & my 13 year old son both agree on 'The Way Ahead ' being a great film.
    He's just said he likes 'The First of the Few' , with David Niven .
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  5. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    All good so far, I watched The Small Back Room (1949) on a long flight last year and thought it was very good.

    No Highway in the Sky (1951) is one of my favourite RAF films.

    Oh, and Ice Cold in Alex, obviously.
  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    They don't count , see post #1
  7. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Ah, apologies--I can't read after two beers.

    I offer In Which We Serve by way of sorry.
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  8. AJhoward

    AJhoward Member

    "The First of the Few" is wonderful. I've seen the rough copy that is on YouTube.
  9. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Does 'Their's is the Glory' count? Casting was done during the war...
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  10. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce

    "We Dive at Dawn" with John Mills.
    Yes I liked "the First of the Few" too.

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    Nine Men.
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  12. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    'Went the Day Well ?' is one of my favourites as well and 'We Dive at Dawn' is one of those that I can't resist if I'm housebound with a cold or something. A hot lemon with whisky and a 1940s film. Nothing better.

    Don't be too hard on non-British films, TTH. 'Casablaca' is fantastic and I find it hard not to stand for the Marseillaise scene.
  13. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    Casablanca probably belongs in a parallel category - wartime drama as opposed to war movie? But it remains one of the finest films ever made.

    I don't think I've seen any of these films, so I'm just taking notes.
  14. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I'm with you Lesley, We Dive at Dawn.
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  15. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

  16. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    A Canterbury Tale.

    Dunkirk (the John Mills version) is amongst my favourites too.
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  17. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Anyone interested in the inter-war British Army ought to have a look at the 1937 John Mills film 'O.H.M.S. It's all rather predictable but uniforms are accurate and the drill first-rate.

    Another Mills film, 'Old Bill and Son' (1941) is one of the few that deals with the phoney-war. Once again, tending towards the corny, it has a terrific period feel and was written by Bairnsfather himself.
  18. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    The Way Ahead and In Which We Serve.
  19. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Deleted. Mine were not produced during the war
  20. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    `The Bells go Down` featuring comedian Tommy Trinder playing it straight (ish) with James Mason.



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