Great Day (July 9, 1945)

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Shela Sim and Flora Robson in Great Day
 

Released on July 9, 1945: The women in a small English village prepare for the arrival of the most famous woman in the 1945 world while their men are clueless bystanders.

Produced by Victor Hanbury

Directed by Lance Comfort

The Actors: Eric Portman (Captain John Ellis), Flora Robson (Mrs. Liz Ellis), Sheila Sim (Margaret Ellis), Isabel Jeans (Lady Mott), Walter Fitzgerald (Bob Tyndale), Philip Friend (Geoffrey Winthrop), Marjorie Rhodes (Mrs. Nora Mumford), Maire O'Neill (Mrs. Bridget Walsh), John Laurie (Scottish officer in pub), Kathleen Harrison (pub customer), Margaret Withers (Miss Jane Tyndale), Beatrice Varley (Miss Tracy), Irene Handl (lady serving tea in tea stall), Patricia Hayes (Mrs. Beadle), Jacqueline Clarke (Ellen, Miss Tyndale's housekeeper), Norman Pierce (policeman), Pauline Tennant (Vicky Calder), John McLaren (American officer from Pittsburgh), Joan Maude (Miss Allen), Ivor Barnard (bailiff), Valentine Dunn (barmaid Beryl), O.B. Clarence (unknown), Jean Shepherd (Mrs. Riley), David Ward (unknown), Roy Malcolm (unknown)

 

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The Ladies of Denley and the State Secret

The authors of this story would have you believe that this story is about the efforts of British women to give aid to the fighting men during World War II, and on the surface it is. The most famous woman in the whole world is about to visit the village and inspect their war efforts . . . and none of the men of the village are permitted to know about the visit. This is my first clue that there is more to this story than the plot suggests. British playwrights are famous for telling stories between the lines . . . Much of the droll British humor that English writers are famous for is missed by outsiders because the meat of the humor is in what is not said, instead of what is spoken by the actor. If you are a fan of old movies, and have watched your share of them, you know that there were 'formulas' for creating adventure and drama. The story usually involved men of handsome frame, memorable character traits both good and evil . . . and usually some women . . . Sometimes the man was torn between two women . . . The woman who snared him for the wrong reasons and the woman that we all know is meant for him, but is pushed away until the ending . . . . Well, that happens in this story, but is totally reversed . . . It is the woman who is torn between two men . . . Are you starting to get the picture? This story is terribly unique for classic motion pictures . . . . This great story is written about a small English village during World War II, but the women have the parts that are normally reserved for the men, and the men . . . They are arm-candy or unfortunate creatures who cannot survive without the strong guidance of their woman . . . Now, I'm not saying that this style of story is not faithful to the real world . . . . Heaven knows . . . It may be even truer to life than stories plotted the other way around. After watching the movie I must be honest . . . . I enjoyed the story immensely, and wouldn't have missed it for the world, and will undoubtedly watch this one many more times . . . But at the same time I have feelings that I cannot presently describe . . . . I think that I feel the way women sometimes feel after watching a story where they are portrayed as either silly dim-wits or nothing more than pleasing arm-candy . . . It is such a strange feeling . . . I am at once filled with great admiration for the way this story was put on film . . . The heroes with the best lines are all female, and the failed, less than perfect characters are all men . . . A very cool concept . . . and now after all the drama, here she comes, the most famous woman in the 1945 world . . . Coming to visit the small village of Denley in the England countryside . . . This movie is much, much more than a war morale booster . . . . Much, much more . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn and drizzle plenty of warm melted butter over it and enjoy the show.

Flora Robson
Flora Robson
Eric Portman
Eric Portman
Eric Portman and John Laurie
Eric Portman and John Laurie
Eric Portman and Sheila Sim
Eric Portman and Sheila Sim
Eric Portman
Eric Portman
Eric Portman
Eric Portman
Flora Robson
Flora Robson
Flora Robson and Margaret Withers
Flora Robson and Margaret Withers
Flora Robson and Marjorie Rhodes
Flora Robson and Marjorie Rhodes
Flora Robson and Sheila Sim
Flora Robson and Sheila Sim
Flora Robson and Marjorie Rhodes
Flora Robson and Marjorie Rhodes
Flora Robson and Sheila Sim
Flora Robson and Sheila Sim
Isabel Jeans and Joan Maude
Isabel Jeans and Joan Maude
Jacqueline Clarke
Jacqueline Clarke
Jean Shepherd and Flora Robson
Jean Shepherd and Flora Robson
Joan Maude
Joan Maude
John McLaren
John McLaren
John McLaren and Eric Portman
John McLaren and Eric Portman
John McLaren
John McLaren
Maire O'Neill
Maire O'Neill
Maire O'Neill
Maire O'Neill
Margaret Withers
Margaret Withers
Marjorie Rhodes and Maire O'Neill
Marjorie Rhodes and Maire O'Neill
Marjorie Rhodes, Sheila Sim and Philip Friend
Marjorie Rhodes, Sheila Sim and Philip Friend
Marjorie Rhodes
Marjorie Rhodes
Pauline Tennant
Pauline Tennant
Philip Friend
Philip Friend
Sheila Sim
Sheila Sim
Sheila Sim and Eric Portman
Sheila Sim and Eric Portman
Sheila Sim and Philip Friend
Sheila Sim and Philip Friend
Sheila Sim and Walter Fitzgerald
Sheila Sim and Walter Fitzgerald
Sheila Sim
Sheila Sim
Valentine Dunn and Marjorie Rhodes
Valentine Dunn and Marjorie Rhodes
Valentine Dunn
Valentine Dunn
Walter Fitzgerald
Walter Fitzgerald
Walter Fitzgerald
Walter Fitzgerald