Set in early 1950s London, Charley Porter is the captain of a pub darts team who embark on a day trip to Boulogne. Led by landlord Fred Collins (James Hayter) many of his patrons rekindle fond memories of bygone days as they try and avoid over indulging in the delights that France has to otter. Former soldier Jim Carver (Donald Sinden) recounts memories of wartime experiences and is reunited with a lovely French girl, Martine (Odile Versois), who he met during the war. Shorty Sharpe (Bill Owen), conscious of his lack of height and tired of being the butt of people's wisecracks, decides to Join the Foreign Legion while the rest of the gang become involved in all kinds of high jinks in this postcard style romp. At the end of the day the lads board their terry for the return trip - with some promising to return.
First class period depiction
- A Day to Remember review by Harry
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Having grown up in the 50s this was a trip down memory lane for me.
The characters were varied and fully beleivable. The juxtaposition of the two couples who eventually (we are led to believe) changed partners rang true to what I expected.
These "No Passport" day trips to France were still going in 1965, when I married, honeymooned in Folkestone and took my new wife to Boulogne. We even brought back a postcard of a little French girl with blonde curly hair, not unlike one of the characters in this film! So you can see why my wife and I enjoyed revisiting France.
P S Jim Carver was also the screen name of a policeman character in "The Bill" much later on.