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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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8 March 1950 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Cette sacrée jeunesse  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in September 1949. 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

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

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


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Billy Boy
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Sung by the boy's choir
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One of the great comedy films of all time
20 April 2014 | by (New Mexico) – See all my reviews

I seldom write 'over-the-top' reviews, but, in my opinion, Happiest Days of Your Life is the funniest of all comedies issued during Britain's golden era (late 1940s-early 1950s) of filmed fun. Directed by Frank Launder, Happiest Days of Your Life provides peerless comedy actors Alastair Sim, Margaret Rutherford, Joyce Grenfell, Richard Wattis, Muriel Aked, Guy Middleton and Edward Rigby with a witty script by John Dighton & Frank Launder filled with opportunities to perform at their best. Although the film is laugh-out-loud funny, convulsively so, at times, it provides a sharply satiric critique of a no-longer-so-Great Britain as it stumblingly tries to negotiate in a few years time a century of bureaucratic transition from ossified Victorian empire to a modern welfare state amid the wreckage and turmoil following WWII. I suggest that Happiest Days of Your Life ranks with the best work by Keaton, Chaplin, Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Monty Python and Mel Brooks.


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