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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.

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Myrette Morven ...
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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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Cette sacrée jeunesse  »

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Opening credits: All characters and places in this picture are fictitious and any similarity to any person living or dead is purely coincidental. 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

Schoolgirl: [after Victor Hyde-Brown has escorted a group of girls outside, and regaled them with a story of wartime experiences] I'd simply have adored to see you in your uniform.
Victor Hyde-Brown: Well, I looked much the same as the rest of the bunch, you know.
[Looking admiringly at some of the girls]
Victor Hyde-Brown: I say, you girls are bang-on for seventeen.
Muriel Whitchurch: [Arriving] Mr Brown, what are you doing with my senior botany?
Victor Hyde-Brown: Oh, well, I was, um, just showing them the petunias. Jolly good display this year. Bit past their best now, of course.
Muriel Whitchurch: ...
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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

Version of The Happiest Days of Your Life (1947) 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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9 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See 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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