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Three on a Weekend (1938)
"Bank Holiday" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  1 June 1938 (USA)
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A 1930s British summer Bank Holiday starts at midday on Saturday with a rush for the trains to the sea-side. Doreen Richards under the name Miss Fulham is off with friend Milly to a beauty ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
John Lodge ...
Margaret Lockwood ...
Catherine Lawrence
Hugh Williams ...
Geoffrey
René Ray ...
Doreen Richards (as Réne Ray)
Merle Tottenham ...
Milly
Linden Travers ...
Wally Patch ...
Arthur
Kathleen Harrison ...
May
Garry Marsh ...
'Follies' manager
Jeanne Stuart ...
Miss Mayfair
Wilfrid Lawson ...
Police sergeant
Felix Aylmer ...
Surgeon
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A 1930s British summer Bank Holiday starts at midday on Saturday with a rush for the trains to the sea-side. Doreen Richards under the name Miss Fulham is off with friend Milly to a beauty contest. Geoffrey and nurse Catherine Lawrence have decided to spend an illicit week-end in the Grand Hotel, although Catherine's mind keeps turning back to the hospital case she was working on. Arthur, May and the children are set on a more straight-forward excursion of sea, sand, and pub. Meanwhile, the manager and performers of the "Follies" on the pier pray for rain. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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One storyline concerning an unmarried couple enjoying a sexual relationship was initially deemed in violation of the US censor guidelines and the film unsuitable for release. After re-editing, it was re-titled and passed for release. See more »

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An expectant mother just about to enter the operating room for delivery is shown stretched out on a gurney. She does not appear in the least to be pregnant. See more »

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Two Shadows in the Moonlight
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Words and music by Rudolph Goehr, Frank Smith and Cecil Harrington
Sung by two drunk women and also by Milly and Doreen (when they are drunk)
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Delightful British Story
22 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't think Bank Holiday is for everyone. This thought is reinforced by the other reviews I have read here. But I found the film delightful.

Set during a bank holiday in England, this summer story is about various people who make the trip to seaside Bexborough, filled with various hopes and dreams. During their excursions, they cannot escape the realities of their stations or of life, in general.

The primary couple--Stephen and Catherine (played by the beautiful Margaret Lockwood)--travels to Bexborough under the pretense of love.

There is a young woman and her girlfriend who make their way to Bexborough so that the one can represent Fulham in a beauty pageant. To win would fulfill their dreams.

Then there is a family (parents and three children) who fights the holiday crowds, seeking an escape from the routine of their lives.

The stories intertwine and overlap with each other and with other minor sub-stories, creating a most entertaining patchwork. Moments of comedy are juxtaposed with moments of grave concern. The mood shifts continuously throughout the well-written script.

Bank Holiday has a very strong cast, wonderful black and white photography, and a score that does not intrude. The stories are engaging. Recommended for anyone who appreciates character development.


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