Last Holiday (1950)

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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
Grégoire Aslan ...
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

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Guinness...The Great Lover!


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Release Date:

13 November 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vacances sur ordonnance  »

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George Bird: How do you keep smiling with a stiff upper lip?
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A brilliant film. Alec Guiness is at his peak in this performance.
28 June 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a rare opportunity to see life as it is felt by the lower class in the United Kingdom. The portrayal brings this mousy character to life, and who begins to live life as it should have been lived in his earlier years. It does have a moral, never put off today in hopes of a better tomorrow.

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