Went the Day Well?

Went the Day Well?

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti

Cast: Alberto Cavalcanti, Leslie Banks, Basil Sydney, Frank Lawton

     
 

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Alberto Cavalcanti's Went The Day Well (1942) never had much of a theatrical run in America, appearing late in the war (under the title 48 Hours), so this DVD release from Anchor Bay Entertainment, part of the company's British War Collection, marks its first wide availability in the United States. The movie has never looked so good, at least on

Overview

Alberto Cavalcanti's Went The Day Well (1942) never had much of a theatrical run in America, appearing late in the war (under the title 48 Hours), so this DVD release from Anchor Bay Entertainment, part of the company's British War Collection, marks its first wide availability in the United States. The movie has never looked so good, at least on this side of the Atlantic -- there is some digital artifacting in the shots of grasses rippling in the spring breeze, but otherwise this is as crisp, bright, clean, and sharp an image as one could wish for in a film of this vintage, which previously had only been available on unauthorized VHS tapes. The movie has a few flaws, such as missing frames at a couple of moments (most visibly at a little over 43 and a half minutes in) but otherwise comes to us in very nice shape. The audio is mastered cleanly if a little on the low volume side, but is still easier to take than any of the various unauthorized editions previously available -- the British accents can be thick on occasion, but they're understandable here, and William Walton's music (which is, at times, understandably, similar to his work on First Of The Few from the same period). The 16 chapters are more than adequate to the task of breaking down the movie dramatically, and the annotation is very thorough and informative, though the author neglects to mention the movie's eerie parallels with a much later (and better known) thriller, The Eagle Has Landed. The disc opens automatically on a simple menu offering "play" and chapter-select options, and there are no special features.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2006
UPC:
0013131494099
Original Release:
1942
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:33:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leslie Banks Oliver Wilsford
Basil Sydney Maj. Ortler
Frank Lawton Tom Sturry
Elizabeth Allan Peggy
Valerie Taylor Nora Ashton
John Slater German Sergeant
C.V. France Vicar
Marie Lohr Mrs. Frazer
Harry Fowler Young George
Norman Pierce Jim Sturry
Thora Hird Ivy
Muriel George Mrs. Collins
Patricia Hayes Daisy
Mervyn Johns Charles Sims
Hilda Bayley Cousin Maud
Edward Rigby Bill Purvis
Ellis Irving Harry Drew
Grace Arnold Mrs. Owen
David Farrar Lieutenant Jung
Eric Micklewood Soldier
Johnnie Schofield Joe Garbett
Victor Weske Axed German Soldier

Technical Credits
Alberto Cavalcanti Director
S.C. Balcon Associate Producer
Michael Balcon Producer
Sidney Cole Editor
Wilkie Cooper Cinematographer
John Dighton Screenwriter
Ernest Irving Musical Direction/Supervision
Roy Kellino Special Effects
Angus MacPhail Screenwriter
Tom Morahan Art Director
Diana Morgan Screenwriter
William Walton Score Composer
Eric Williams Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Went the Day Well?
1. Main Titles [1:38]
2. Saturday, the 23rd of May [3:26]
3. The Contact [7:30]
4. Getting Acquainted [6:07]
5. The Telegram [7:04]
6. A Spy in Our Midst [4:58]
7. Occupation [10:06]
8. The Paper Boy [4:35]
9. Roadside Massacre [7:44]
10. Brave Little Soldier [6:00]
11. Unlikely Heroes [7:31]
12. Success [5:09]
13. Get the Word Out [6:32]
14. The English Are Coming [5:03]
15. Final Stand [8:03]
16. End Credits [:54]

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