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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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Margaret Rutherford ...
John Turnbull ...
Richard Wattis ...
John Bentley ...
Guy Middleton ...
Percy Walsh ...
Arthur Howard ...
Edward Rigby ...
Harold Goodwin ...
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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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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Wetherby Pond: My mind is made up on one thing Miss Whitchurch: if I sink, you sink with me!
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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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Spoofs Oliver Twist (1948) See more »

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Great place to start for British wit
8 February 2006 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

This film, without doubt, is the clearest example of the British humour the Germans can't understand. One-liners run rampant in a film spawning one of the greatest series of films in British cinema history (St.Trinians). The story of bureaucratic incompetence amid post-war trials enables Frank Launder to direct maximum talent from all the cast. It's probably the only film in which Margaret Rutherford meets her match, in Alastair Sim, for forceful characterisation (she still wins though). Joyce Grenfell (bless her) and Richard Wattis both deserve mentions in Dighton's masterpiece of English etiquette and stiff upper lip under pressure.

No Rutherford/Sim/Grenfell fan would be without this in their collection. Absolutely brilliant. Why 9/10? Only 83mins long.


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