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The Way Ahead (June 3, 1944)

David Niven in The Way Ahead

Released on June 3, 1944: A group of inept British Army conscripts is trained to become a potent fighting force by the capable Lieutenant Perry.

Directed by Carol Reed

The Actors: David Niven (Lieutenant Jim Perry), Stanley Holloway (Private Ted Brewer), James Donald (Private Evans Lloyd), John Laurie (Private Luke), Leslie Dwyer (Private Sid Beck), Hugh Burden (Private Bill Parsons), Jimmy Hanley (Private Geoffrey Stainer), William Hartnell (Sergeant Ned Fletcher), Reginald Tate (the training company Commanding Officer), Leo Genn (Captain Edwards) John Ruddock (Old Chelsea soldier), A. Bromley Davenport (Old Chelsea soldier), Renee Asherson (Marjorie Gillingham), Mary Jerrold (Mrs. Gillingham), Tessie O'Shea (herself, entertainer), Raymond Lovell (Mr. Jackson, garage owner), A.E. Matthews (Colonel Walmsley), Jack Watling (Sergeant Bister, Marjorie's boyfriend), Peter Ustinov (Rispoli, cafe owner), Lloyd Pearson (Sam Thyrtle), Raymond Huntley (Pdrivate Herbert Davenport), Penelope Dudley-Ward (Mrs. Perry), Esma Cannon (Mrs. Ted Brewer), Eileen Erskine (Mrs. Bill Parsons), Grace Arnold (Mrs. Ned Fletcher), Quentin Reynolds (himself), John Boxer (soldier in pub talking to the old soldiers), Peggy Carlisle (bit part), Alf Goddard (instructor), Trevor Howard (officer on ship), David Hutcheson (garage customer in car), Adreas Malandrinos (Gendarme in cafe), George Merritt (the Sergeant-Major), Tracy Reed (the Perry's daughter), John Salew (Sam the friend of Private Lloyd in the pub scene), Johnnie Schofield (Lewis gun instructor), Winifred Willard (bit part), Ben Williams (the pessimistic man talking to old soldiers).


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