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Great Day (1945)

An impending V.I.P. visit causes bustle in an English village, while the Ellis family struggles with private problems.

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Lance Comfort

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Lesley Storm (from the play by), John Davenport (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Portman ... Capt. 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 Marjorie Rhodes ... Mrs. Nora Mumford
Maire O'Neill Maire O'Neill ... Mrs. Bridget Walsh
John Laurie ... Scottish officer in pub
Kathleen Harrison ... Pub Customer
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... Pub Customer
Margaret Withers Margaret Withers ... Miss Jane Tyndale
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Miss Tracy
Irene Handl ... Lady serving Tea in Tea Stall.
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ... Mrs. Beadle
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In the English village of Denley, the Women's Institute (a wartime program channeling village products to the troops) is electrified to hear that they'll be visited by Eleanor Roosevelt. As the women struggle to get ready while bursting with the great secret, we glimpse their home lives in subplots, notably the problematic love life of young Margaret Ellis and the travails of her proud but impoverished father. How will their lives change before the Great Day? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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You've seen such girls in this town

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1946 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to an article in the April 30, 1945 edition of the Monthly Film Bulletin (a BFI publication), the running time of British-released prints was 80 minutes, suggesting a considerable amount of footage was cut before its release in the U.S. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end when Flora Robson is talking Eric Portman into seeing Eleanor Roosevelt's visit to the village, she places her hand on his right shoulder, then her hand is on the top of his arm and then back on his shoulder again. See more »

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Capt. John Ellis: I WILL not be bullied in my own house.
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At the very end, there is a dedication to the womens institutes, in appreciation for the contributions they have made to the war effort through their crafts. See more »

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Welcome, Eleanor!
22 May 2000 | by dexter-10See all my reviews

This is both a delightful and a curious film of the effects of World War Two on rural British life in a small town setting. Throughout the war the women of the town have been supplying woolen goods to Allied Armies in order to do their bit for the war effort, even to the Russians defending Stalingrad. The film's delight comes from watching the womenfolk prepare for a visit from Eleanor Roosevelt, the American First Lady. The excitements from the anticipation of her visit surrounds the town and its activities. The curious side of the film has to do with the realization that the town never really changed very much during the war. Yes, there are fewer men, but the town still seems untouched by the horror of war. Small and petty problems are the order of the day, and ancient likes and dislikes rule the gossip. But did they not always? The subplot of Margaret Ellis's (by Sheila Sim)choice for a husband is a reflection of business as usual for small town activity. Indeed, getting in the wool is almost as important as the First Lady's visit. In one sense, the movie confirms that the British role in World War Two was indeed fitting and normal. The suspense of how the town will take to Mrs. Roosevelt and how she will view the town dominates the action. Alas, the great day is coming!


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