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Bank Holiday (1938)

A 1930s British summer Bank Holiday starts at midday on Saturday with a rush for the trains to the sea-side. Doreen Richards under the name Miss Fulham is off with friend Milly to a beauty ... See full summary »

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

Hans Wilhelm (original story), Rodney Ackland (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Lodge ... Stephen Howard
Margaret Lockwood ... Catharine
Hugh Williams ... Geoffrey
Rene Ray ... Doreen (as Réne Ray)
Merle Tottenham ... Milly
Linden Travers ... Ann Howard
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Arthur
Kathleen Harrison ... May
Garry Marsh ... 'Follies' Manager
Jeanne Stuart Jeanne Stuart ... Miss Mayfair
Wilfrid Lawson ... Police Sergt.
Felix Aylmer ... Surgeon
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Storyline

A 1930s British summer Bank Holiday starts at midday on Saturday with a rush for the trains to the sea-side. Doreen Richards under the name Miss Fulham is off with friend Milly to a beauty contest. Geoffrey and nurse Catherine Lawrence have decided to spend an illicit week-end in the Grand Hotel, although Catherine's mind keeps turning back to the hospital case she was working on. Arthur, May and the children are set on a more straight-forward excursion of sea, sand, and pub. Meanwhile, the manager and performers of the "Follies" on the pier pray for rain. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three on a Weekend See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (censored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Films Full Range Recording System: at Islington London)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

'Bexborough' is a fictional town, and the scenes of the beach-front and piers are from other British seaside towns. See more »

Goofs

An expectant mother just about to enter the operating room for delivery is shown stretched out on a gurney. She does not appear in the least to be pregnant. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Lady Vanishes (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Same Old Sea-Side Shore
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Written by Fred E. Cliffe, Harry Gifford and Huntley Trevor
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Looking forward to that long weekend on the seashore
22 October 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Three On A Weekend stars one of the cornerstones of Gainsborough Pictures Margaret Lockwood who is taking what they call in the United Kingdom a bank holiday. Banks have those extra days they close ergo the expression when folks can't get to the bank business stops so go and enjoy.

Lockwood is going on a romantic and illicit getaway with Geoffrey Bayldon who wants to keep his planned romantic rendezvous a secret. But right before leaving, Lockwood is involved in a case at the hospital where she's a nurse where John Lodge's wife died in childbirth. Lodge is just so immobilized with grief that Lockwood just can't keep a detached professionalism about him. Later on it becomes more than that.

There are a couple of other subplots about a beauty contest and a family of five going on their bank holiday, but the romantic triangle is at the center. The other story lines are woven into the romantic a lot like Magnolia or Crash or even Boogie Nights of more recent vintage.

Lodge is the younger brother of Henry Cabot Lodge, Ike's UN Ambassador and grandson of the older Henry Cabot Lodge the longtime Republican Senator from Massachusetts. Later on he too gave up acting for politics and was Governor of Connecticut. As an American he doesn't sound too terribly out of place in this British film.

This is an early film of Carol Reed who certainly would go on to bigger and better things. It's a pleasant enough romantic diversion.


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