The Way Ahead (1944 British WW2, Drama film) (David Niven)

Directed by Carol Reed. The screenplay was written by Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov. The film stars David Niven, Stanley Holloway and William Hartnell along with an ensemble cast of other British actors, including Ustinov in one of his earliest roles. The Way Ahead follows a group of civilians who are conscripted into the British Army and, after training, are shipped to North Africa where they are involved in a battle against the Afrika Korps.
PLOT
World War II drama that follows a group of British draftees, starting with their rigorous basic training, and ending with their deployment in North Africa.
Platoon
David Niven as Lieutenant Jim Perry
William Hartnell as Sergeant Ned Fletcher (as Billy Hartnell)
Hugh Burden as Private Bill Parsons
James Donald as Private/Corporal Evan Lloyd
Leslie Dwyer as Private Sid Beck
Jimmy Hanley as Private Geoffrey Stainer (as Jimmie Hanley)
Stanley Holloway as Private Ted Brewer
Raymond Huntley as Private Herbert Davenport
John Laurie as Private Luke
Wives
Penelope Dudley-Ward as Mrs Jim Perry (as Penelope Ward)
Grace Arnold as Mrs Ned Fletcher
Esma Cannon as Mrs Ted Brewer
Eileen Erskine as Mrs Bill Parsons
Others
Peter Ustinov as Rispoli, cafe owner
Reginald Tate as the Training Company Commanding Officer
Leo Genn as Captain Edwards
Renée Asherson as Marjorie Gillingham (as Renee Ascherson)
Mary Jerrold as Mrs Gillingham
Jack Watling as Sergeant Buster
Raymond Lovell as Mr Jackson
A. E. Matthews as Colonel Walmsley
Lloyd Pearson as Sam Thyrtle
John Ruddock as Old Chelsea Soldier
A. Bromley Davenport as Old Chelsea Soldier (as Bromley Davenport)
Tessie O’Shea as Herself
Trevor Howard as Ship’s Officer (uncredited)[Note 1]
George Merritt as the Sergeant-Major (uncredited)
Tracy Reed as the Perrys’ Daughter (uncredited)

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