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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Conrad Matthews
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Arnold Billings
John Bentley ...
Richard Tassell
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Percy Walsh ...
Monsieur Joue
Arthur Howard ...
Anthony Ramsden
Edward Rigby ...
Rainbow
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Edwin
Gladys Henson ...
Muriel Aked ...
Miss Jezzard
Joyce Grenfell ...
Bernadette O'Farrell ...
Miss Harper
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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Also Known As:

Cette sacrée jeunesse  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Dighton's stage farce opened at the Apollo Theatre, London on March 29 1948 and closed on September 11 1949 after 607 performances. See more »

Goofs

The boys' and girls' fight on the playing field seems far from antagonistic: most of the cast appear to be suppressing laughter. See more »

Quotes

Wetherby Pond: [responding in exasperation to Miss Whitchurch informing him that her girls will arrive imminently, as St Swithin's is a boarding school that specializes in outposts] Madam, I don't care where they come from or even if the sun never sets upon them.
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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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Featured in Joyce Grenfell 1910-1979 (1980) 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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80 mins of absolute joy
14 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

From the golden period of British films, this has my vote for one of the funniest of all time. Screened yesterday at my Film Society to a rapturous audience, I was astonished at how well the comedy has lasted (made in 1950!). It is really down to the expert timing and inimitable playing from two of the finest actors Britain has produced: Margaret Rutherford and Alastair Sim. Adapted from a play by John Dighton, this farce is briskly handled by director Frank Launder. The plot is simple: A ministry mistake billets a girls' school on a boys' school. I will always laugh when I think of this film.


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