Review: ‘Went the Day Well?’

This Ealing Studios tale [from a story by Graham Greene] of 72 hours of the life of Bramley End, a tiny hamlet in the heart of the English countryside, is introduced by an old grave-digger playing straight into the camera. Dealing with an attempt at an airborne invasion of a sparsely peopled part of England, as contrasted with the well-defended key cities, this picture achieves considerable interest.

This Ealing Studios tale [from a story by Graham Greene] of 72 hours of the life of Bramley End, a tiny hamlet in the heart of the English countryside, is introduced by an old grave-digger playing straight into the camera. Dealing with an attempt at an airborne invasion of a sparsely peopled part of England, as contrasted with the well-defended key cities, this picture achieves considerable interest.

Settings, exterior and interior, smack of the real thing, from the 13th-century church to the village grocery whose proprietress is also postmistress and telephone exchange operator.

Direction by Alberto Cavalcanti is workmanlike, but to the men of the Gloucestershire Regiment (cast as both German invaders and members of the local Home Guard) must go chief credit for the realistic note underlying the film, which is almost as factual as a propaganda short.

Went the Day Well?

UK

Production

Ealing. Director Alberto Cavalcanti; Producer Michael Balcon; Screenplay John Dighton, Diana Morgan, Angus MacPhail; Camera Wilkie Cooper; Editor Sidney Cole; Music William Walton; Art Director Tom Morahan

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1942. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Leslie Banks Basil Sydney Frank Lawton Elizabeth Allan Valerie Taylor John Slater
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