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The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 8 March 1950 (UK)
Chaos ensues for staff and students alike when an all-boys and an all-girls school are amalgamated into one.

Director:

Frank Launder

Writers:

John Dighton (play), Frank Launder (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alastair Sim ... Wetherby Pond
Margaret Rutherford ... Muriel Whitchurch
John Turnbull ... Conrad Matthews
Richard Wattis ... Arnold Billings
John Bentley ... Richard Tassell
Guy Middleton ... Victor Hyde-Brown
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... Monsieur Joue
Arthur Howard Arthur Howard ... Anthony Ramsden
Edward Rigby ... Rainbow
Harold Goodwin ... Edwin
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Mrs. Hampstead
Muriel Aked Muriel Aked ... Miss Jezzard
Joyce Grenfell ... Miss Gossage
Bernadette O'Farrell Bernadette O'Farrell ... Miss Harper
Myrette Morven Myrette Morven ... Miss Chapel
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Storyline

Nutbourne College, an old established, all-boys, boarding school is told that another school is to be billeted with due to wartime restrictions. The shock is that it's an all-girls school that has been sent. The two head teachers are soon battling for the upper hand with each other and the Ministry. But a crisis (or two) forces them to work together. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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From the Studios of ALEXANDER KORDA

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1950 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Happiest Days of Your Life See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in September 1949. See more »

Goofs

During the class change scene, the knob on the banister gets broken, but can be seen soon after as unbroken. See more »

Quotes

[Wetherby Pond bursts into one of the dormitories where the boys of Nutbourne are having a pillow fight with the girls and mistresses of St Swithin's. He quickly turns round and goes back into the corridor]
Conrad Matthews: Aren't you going to stop them, sir?
Wetherby Pond: There are times, I think, when little boys should be seen... but not interrupted.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits have rolled, we see Rainbow and Edwin collapsed exhausted on the playing field. A very early example of a now commonplace device. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Long Day Closes (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

The Theme from 'The Third Man'
Written and performed by Anton Karas
Heard as a wake-up alarm when Pond is sleeping in the bath
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Classic!
9 October 2005 | by trojanfoeSee all my reviews

This film is just plain lovely. It's funny as hell and as old as the hills. The acting is superb and it's fascinating seeing post-war Britain and how we used to behave in those days. This seems to have been some pre-runner to the St. Trinians films (given the Alastair Sim and Margaret Rutherford connection - there's also a very young George Cole in there who appeared in many St. Trinians films) but I don't myself understand the connection. It was shown on BBC4 recently after a biography of St. Trinians creator Ronald Searle, however I missed enough of the biography to miss the connection with this film. Anyway a great film in its own right and something that should be preserved for all time!


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