A Day To Remember. Charley Porter (Stanley Holloway).

A Day To Remember

1953 British comedy film about Englishmen in France. Stars Stanley Holloway, Joan Rice, Odile Versois, Donald Sinden, James Hayter and others.

A Day To Remember. Image shows from L to R: Alfred 'Shorty' Sharpe (Bill Owen), Fred Collins (James Hayter), Unknown, Bert Tripp (Meredith Edwards), Charley Porter (Stanley Holloway).

A Day To Remember

Comedy drama following a London pub's darts team on a day trip to Boulogne in France

Genre
Film
Released
1953
Starring
Stanley Holloway, Joan Rice, Odile Versois, Donald Sinden, James Hayter, Bill Owen, Harry Fowler, Edward Chapman and others
Writers
Jerrard Tickell and Robin Estridge
Director
Ralph Thomas
Producer
Betty E. Box

The Hand & Flower pub darts team's annual outing has come round again, and thanks to Perce working in the travel industry, this year they've managed to secure a day trip across the channel to Boulogne, with a slap-up meal in a local hotel and table wine provided.

Whilst Perce is keen to see the sights and take in a bit of the ancient town's culture, his rag-tag chums each have their own interests to pursue. Ever-upbeat Charley has his mind set squarely on finding some young French women; Jim, having fought just outside the town during the war, is keen to visit his best friend's grave and see how the area looks in peace time; avowed socialist Bert hopes to rendezvous with some local communists; Stan's been enticed by a friend to help him smuggle a consignment of watches back to England; and as for Shorty - unbeknownst to anyone else, he's decided to run away and join the Foreign Legion!

Travelling from Victoria by train and then catching the ferry to France, the adventure gets off to a good start, but they've not been in Boulogne long before each man begins to splinter off and go his own way, much to Perce's frustration.

Of all the trippers, it's Jim's day that proves the most interesting. After laying flowers at his chum's beautifully tended grave, the former soldier heads a little further out into the country in search of the farm where he was once stationed. He's surprised to find that Martine, the girl he taught a little English to, and she him some French, is now a beautiful, intelligent, passionate young woman: although engaged to a high-flying local solicitor, it is clear the pair have instant chemistry.

Stan, meanwhile, collects his parcel far quicker and with more ease than he could have ever imagined, and even the straight-laced Fred Collins finds himself enticed into a dancing club with some beautiful local women!

Jim's day is still far from over though, and it remains to be seen whether he and Martine will embrace their real feelings for each other or not. And as for Shorty, his French adventure looks like it's only just begun...

Production Details

UK certificate
U
Duration
90 minutes
Release date
1953
Distributor

General Film Distributors

Production company
Picture
Black and white
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Tuesday 9th March 2021 at 1:10pm on Film4

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