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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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George Bird
Beatrice Campbell ...
Sheila Rockingham
Kay Walsh ...
Mrs. Poole
Grégoire Aslan ...
Gambini (as Coco Aslan)
Jean Colin ...
Daisy Clarence
Muriel George ...
Lady Oswington
Brian Worth ...
Derek Rockingham
Esma Cannon ...
Miss Fox
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Inspector Wilton
Sidney James ...
Joe Clarence
Campbell Cotts ...
Bellinghurst
Moultrie Kelsall ...
Sir Robert Kyle
Madam Kirkwood-Hackett ...
Miss Hatfield
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Chalfont
Eric Maturin ...
Wrexham
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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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Guinness...The Great Lover!

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13 November 1950 (USA)  »

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Vacances sur ordonnance  »

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The Little Guy Lives It Up
29 October 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

This is Alec Guinness's first leading role in his first serious comedy. It has an original idea where an English clerk is erroneously told by the company doctor that he does not have long to live. So the clerk decides to take all the money that he saved and live it up at a ritzy resort hotel in England.

The people and the way they spoke in 1950 seem dated but the story rings true. It is a great story on people's behavior, good and bad. It is great to see Kay Walsh as his leading lady. Mr. Guinness and Ms. Walsh worked several times together and they made a great team.


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