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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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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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Comedy | Drama

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One storyline concerning an unmarried couple enjoying a sexual relationship was initially deemed in violation of the US censor guidelines and the film unsuitable for release. After re-editing, it was re-titled and passed for release. 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 »

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I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside
(uncredited)
Written by John Glover Kind
Heard as a theme at various points during the film
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Apples and Oranges and An Unexpected Narrative Delight
8 January 2014 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

I try not to compare apples and oranges, but occasionally am driven to it. Last night I watched Martin Scorcese's Shutter Island, an overlong cinematic puzzle jammed with references, a jumbled encyclopedia drawn up from it's director's lifelong adoration of the movies, a film that doubles back upon itself, a film at odds with it's comic asides and serious overtones (i.e. Nazi Death Camps). I found much of it admirable, more of it a chore to experience.

Three On A Weekend, also known as Bank Holiday is a remarkable document to come out of an England preparing for war with Germany in the not too distant future, an early lark from master director Carol Reed (The Third Man), a film that begins in a hospital with a melodramatic event, then churned into the lives of several groups of people who are jammed into holiday trains ending up at the seaside.

I found the one film so sincere in intent, so clear in execution, and felt with such fondness for the peculiarities of the human condition, that after a long, long night of immersion in the twisted labyrinth of Shutter Island and into the frenzied mind of Leonardo DiCaprio as he copes with his own sanity, that this simple trip to the beach (in black and white) and dealing with the romantic and social dilemmas faced by the average man was an entertaining relief; it was so clear that there would be changes, and not all of them simple- minded.

And that, I suppose is my point. Occasionally I weary of repeatedly bludgeoned with gore, visually assaulted with violent behavior, and mystified by unclear motivations; such an approach may be modern, but now and then I miss the spell of simple entertainment in a story of people I can care about. That's what Three On A Weekend delivered in spades, and that's why I recommended it.


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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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Runtime:

| (censored)

Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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