Went the Day Well? (1942)

In this adaptation of a Graham Greene story, women take on undercover Nazis with a variety of weapons.

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  • They Came in Khaki Working
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This unique WWII Ealing production shows women taking on the disguised vanguard of a German invasion with a variety of weapons (most memorably a hatchet!).

Graham Greene’s short story, co-adapted by Ealing’s only female resident writer, Diana Morgan, is almost supernatural in its telling – Cavalcanti, well known as a documentary filmmaker, was also schooled as a surrealist in Paris.

It’s a gripping tale that feels groundbreaking even today.

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