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The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950)

 -  Comedy  -  8 March 1950 (UK)
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Chaos ensues for staff and students alike when an all-boys and an all-girls school are amalgamated into one.

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Margaret Rutherford ...
John Turnbull ...
Richard Wattis ...
John Bentley ...
Guy Middleton ...
Percy Walsh ...
Arthur Howard ...
Edward Rigby ...
Harold Goodwin ...
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Gladys Henson ...
Muriel Aked ...
Joyce Grenfell ...
Bernadette O'Farrell ...
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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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8 March 1950 (UK)  »

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Cette sacrée jeunesse  »

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There is a reference to 'Oliver Twist' when the students are served porridge and a young boy says "Please, sir, I don't want any more. No, sir!". See more »

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

Quotes

Small boy: [at breakfast] Please sir, I don't want any more.
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The opening titles appear over drawings by Ronald Searle in the style of his St. Trinian's cartoons. See more »

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Margaret Rutherford at her Best!
31 March 2001 | by (Eastbourne, England) – See all my reviews

After a long run in the West End this charming film re-cast Margaret Rutherford as the Headmistress 'Miss Whitchurch' in this financially successful adaptation made in 1950.

All interior shots took place at Riverside studios in Hammersmith, London. The exterior scenes were filmed on location at a public girl's school near Liss in Hampshire. During the 12 - week shoot both Margaret Rutherford and Joyce Grenfell were staying in a hotel nearby and would often visit the school during the evenings where they would happily enjoy the company of the real school mistresses.

Although the film's script contains only two original lines from the original play the leads and supporting actors are in fine form and you can only feel sympathetic for their predicament especially in the final scenes.


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