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
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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Quotes

Miss Hatfield: They try to be sane in a mad world whereas when I was a gal, we tried to be mad in a sane world. So much more satisfying.
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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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Great story, excellent cast, the film sticks with you.
2 January 2000 | by (San Francisco, California, USA) – See all my reviews

A poignant, bitter-sweet comedy that drives home its points in clever, subtle ways. Surprisingly, for a film 50 years old, the acting, direction and story line keep it fresh and timely. Alec Guiness "made his bones" in excellent early films such as this and gave us a sneak preview of the greatness that was to come.


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