When a lonely, unappreciated farm equipment salesman discovers he has only weeks to live, he withdraws his savings for a final holiday at a 'posh' resort.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beatrice Campbell ...
Sheila Rockingham
Kay Walsh ...
Mrs. Poole
Gambini (as Coco Aslan)
Jean Colin ...
Daisy Clarence
Lady Oswington
Brian Worth ...
Derek Rockingham
Esma Cannon ...
Miss Fox
Inspector Wilton
Sidney James ...
Joe Clarence
Campbell Cotts ...
Moultrie Kelsall ...
Sir Robert Kyle
Madam Kirkwood-Hackett ...
Miss Hatfield
Eric Maturin ...


George Bird's rather lonely, anonymous existence as an underappreciated seller of farm machinery is jarred when his physician informs him that he is suffering from the rare malady Lampington's Disease and only has a few weeks to live. Believing he has nothing to lose, Bird resigns his position and withdraws his modest life savings in order to spend his remaining time in a "posh" seaside resort. There he keeps his own counsel about his condition and meets people who live in a world he could never have imagined existed. Incredibly he finds personal and professional opportunities now open to him that that he never dreamed would be his, but unfortunately he is no position to take advantage of them... until fate lends a hand. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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13 November 1950 (USA)  »

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Vacances sur ordonnance  »

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Bank Cashier: The bank will be happy to advise you on investments
George Bird: I'm not going to invest it - I'm going to spend it.
Bank Cashier: Oh, I wouldn't do that if I were you.
George Bird: Oh, yes you would, even you.
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Composed by Francis Chagrin
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exceptionally well done but a bit depressing
1 July 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Although most Americans have little knowledge of his work other than Star Wars, Alec Guinness produced an amazing body of work--particularly in the 1940s-1950s--ranging from dramas to quirky comedies. I particularly love his comedies, as they are so well-done and seem so natural and real on the screen--far different from the usual fare from Hollywood.

This movie is the story of a man who thinks he is dying and decides to go out in style--living it up among the wealthy and well-bred. After all, he figures, he certainly won't need the money after he's gone! The marvelous acting and experiences among the upper crust make this a must-see. However, be forewarned, this is an incredibly depressing film. I doubt if I would have allowed the movie to be as dark as this one, but at least I can commend those who made it for not taking the easy way out and making a typical Hollywood style ending.

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