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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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Miss Whitchurch refers to the staff room as 'Cold Comfort Farm', a reference to the novel by Stella Gibbons, first published in 1932. There have been two filmed versions - a television movie (Cold Comfort Farm (1995)) and a television mini-series (Cold Comfort Farm (1968)). See more »

Goofs

When Miss Gossage writes her name in the dust, the long shot shows shadows of the vase and a structural feature on the dusty surface, while the closer shot just has the shadow of the vase. See more »

Quotes

Rainbow: There's a lady at the door, sir, wanting to know if you'll vote for Miss Winston in the election.
Wetherby Pond: Mrs Hampstead, you can tell your lady that if there is a *male* candidate, whether he's Conservative, socialist, communist or anarchist... or for that matter, Liberal... he will have my vote.
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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 »

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Version of The Happiest Days of Your Life (1949) See more »

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Billy Boy
Traditional
Sung by the boy's choir
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Be prepared to laugh out loud
28 November 2000 | by aromatic-2See all my reviews

One of the flat-out drollest movies of all-time. Sim and Rutherford are at their best matching wits over the predicament of an all-boys and all-girls school sharing the same quarters. Slapstick has never been this sophisticated.


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