Went the Day Well?

  • PG
  • Alberto Cavalcanti (1942)
  • UK
  • 88 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

This is without question the finest Home Front picture made during the Second World War. Adapted from Graham Greene's short story The Lieutenant Died Last, it depicts the seizure of a quiet English village by disguised Nazi soldiers in league with local quislings with such plausibility that it must have chilled contemporary audiences to the bone. Those watching today will be similarly struck by the steel beneath the quintessential Englishness of the villagers. What makes this such compelling cinema for viewers decades later is the realism and restraint with which director Alberto Cavalcanti tells his tale and the naturalistic playing of his splendid cast.

Plot Summary

Second World War drama based on a story by Graham Greene, starring Leslie Banks and Elizabeth Allan. A group of German soldiers parachute into England disguised as a British platoon and infiltrate the sleepy village of Bramley End. They meet with stern opposition from the locals but find an unlikely ally.

Cast and crew

Cast

Oliver Wilsford
Leslie Banks
Peggy
Elizabeth Allan
Tom Sturry
Frank Lawton
Ortler
Basil Sydney
Nora Ashton
Valerie Taylor
Sims
Mervyn Johns
Poacher
Edward Rigby
Mrs Frazer
Marie Lohr
Vicar
C V France
Jung
David Farrar
Mrs Collins
Muriel George
Land girl
Thora Hird
George Truscott
Harry Fowler
Daisy
Patricia Hayes
German corporal
James Donald

Crew

Director
Alberto Cavalcanti

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
BFI
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 9 Jul 2010
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Optimum
Categories
Drama

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