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Last Holiday (1950)

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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Beatrice Campbell ...
Sheila Rockingham
Kay Walsh ...
Mrs. Poole
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Gambini (as Coco Aslan)
Jean Colin ...
Daisy Clarence
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Lady Oswington
Brian Worth ...
Derek Rockingham
Esma Cannon ...
Miss Fox
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Inspector Wilton
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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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Quotes

George Bird: How do you keep smiling with a stiff upper lip?
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Remade as Last Holiday (2006) See more »

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The Beggar's Theme
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Composed by Francis Chagrin
[played on violin by busker]
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good, moody film
26 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Alec Guinness stars in "Last Holiday," a 1950 British film which was remade years later with Queen Latifah as the star. Though I enjoyed the warmth of the later version, the Guinness "Last Holiday," no surprise, is superior.

Guinness plays a lower class Brit, George Bird, who is told he is going to die of a rare disease and has maybe a few months left to live. George quits his job, takes his savings, and goes to stay at a ritzy resort. There, he changes, and circumstances change for him. With nothing to loses any longer, he becomes outspoken. He also wins at poker, croquet, and a horse race. He's offered jobs. And there's the possibility of romance.

This is supposedly a comedy, but it's not an uproarious one. It's more drama, in fact. George Byrd finds that all these wealthy people aren't all they're cracked up to be. He also finds out that when you let go and stop trying, opportunities appear. And he learns the difference between passing the time and doing something with your time.

Alec Guinness is brilliant as George, timid at first, gaining stature with his new clothes, and asserting himself once he gets to the resort. It's a beautifully layered performance.

Despite some sadness within the film, this is an excellent story of a man who learns life's lessons in a narrow space of time.


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