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The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950)

Not Rated  |   |  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 ...
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Percy Walsh ...
Arthur Howard ...
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Harold Goodwin ...
Gladys Henson ...
Muriel Aked ...
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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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George Benson replaced John Boxer. 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 »

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Miss Gossage: Call me Sausage.
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Crazy Credits

The opening titles appear over drawings by Ronald Searle in the style of his St. Trinian's cartoons. See more »

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Version of The Happiest Days of Your Life (1947) See more »

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St Swithin's versus Nutbourne!
17 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A bumbling error at the Ministry Of Education results in Nutbourne Boys School having to share with St Swithin's School For Girls. This bemuses the respective head teachers of each school and leads to all manner of chaotic goings on, however the two are forced to come to an uneasy alliance in the hope of averting major trouble.

The Happiest Days Of Your Life is based on the John Dighton play from 1948, with Dighton writing the part of Headmistress Whitchurch specifically for Margaret Rutherford. Replacing George Howe from the play in the role of Headmaster Pond, is Alastair Sim, and herein lies the crowning glory of this filmic adaptation, Sim & Rutherford are perfectly wonderful, bouncing off each other to keep what is basically a one joke movie, highly entertaining. Directed by the gifted Frank Launder, and produced by the equally adroit Sidney Gilliat, The Happiest Days Of Your Life is a quintessentially British movie, obviously a precursor to the St Trinians franchise, the film entertains the children with it's high jinks clash of the sexes heart, whilst tickling the watching adults with its very saucy undercurrent. Thankfully the chaotic ending cements all that has gone before it to leave this particular viewer with a grin as wide as Nutbourne Rail Station. Great fun. 8/10


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