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The Way Ahead (1944) was a War - Drama Film directed by Carol Reed and produced by Norman Walker , Herbert Smith, Stanley Haynes and John Sutro.

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The Way Ahead (1944)

By Beatrice on Dec 9, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Way Ahead (AKA The Immortal Battallon) Directed by Carol Reed Written by Peter Ustinov and Eric Ambler based on an original story by Ambler 1944/UK Two Cities Films First viewing/YouTube Pvt. Herbert Davenport: Oh really? Who? Pvt. Ted Brewer: Bleedin’ Guy Fawkes. Sometimes as I work my... Read full article

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Pvt. Ted Brewer: Only one good man ever got into Parliament.
Pvt. Herbert Davenport: Oh really? Who?
Pvt. Ted Brewer: Bleedin' Guy Fawkes.

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This started life as an Army training and instructional film, "The New Lot," written by Peter Ustinov and Eric Ambler and starring some of the cast that finished up in "The Way Ahead" (Niven came in later). The training film had upset some Army top brass with its frankness and was suppressed. It has recently re-emerged thanks to a copy found in an archive.
The book 'The Film Business - A history of british cinema 1896-1972' by Ernest Betts states this film " . . . was originally made as a War Office instructional film under the title 'The New Lot', but was later developed into a full-length commercial feature at the suggestion of Filippo Del Giudice."
According to the book 'A History of the Cinema from its origins to 1970' by Eric Rhode, "Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov were commissioned to write a script that would encourage enlistment in the infantry and were obliged to show . . . skepticism give way to admiration."
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