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The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 8 March 1950 (UK)
Chaos ensues for staff and students alike when an all-boys and an all-girls school are amalgamated into one.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wetherby Pond
... Muriel Whitchurch
... Conrad Matthews
... Arnold Billings
John Bentley ... Richard Tassell
... Victor Hyde-Brown
Percy Walsh ... Monsieur Joue
Arthur Howard ... Anthony Ramsden
... Rainbow
... Edwin
Gladys Henson ... Mrs. Hampstead
Muriel Aked ... Miss Jezzard
... Miss Gossage
Bernadette O'Farrell ... Miss Harper
Myrette Morven ... Miss Chapel
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Nutbourne College, an old established, all-boys, boarding school is told that another school is to be billeted with due to wartime restrictions. The shock is that it's an all-girls school that has been sent. The two head teachers are soon battling for the upper hand with each other and the Ministry. But a crisis (or two) forces them to work together. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Cette sacrée jeunesse  »

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Trivia

The part of Miss Whitchurch was specifically written for Margaret Rutherford. See more »

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The boys' and girls' fight on the playing field seems far from antagonistic: most of the cast appear to be suppressing laughter. See more »

Quotes

Muriel Whitchurch: Ladies, you are facing your supreme test. Remember our netball cry.
Miss Gossage: Effort, St Swithin's, effort.
Muriel Whitchurch: Quite so, Miss Gossage.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits have rolled, we see Rainbow and Edwin collapsed exhausted on the playing field. A very early example of a now commonplace device. See more »

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Featured in The Long Day Closes (1992) See more »

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Billy Boy
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Sung by the boy's choir
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funny school-based comedy
7 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

This English classic couldn't miss with Alastair Sim and Margaret Rutherford in the same movie (he's the head of a boys' school who has to accomodate her school and staff during wartime alongside their own). There's also the delightfully dotty Joyce Grenfell (Miss Gossage, 'call me sausage'). The Happiest Days ... falls back on slapstick farce and, rather like the St Trinian's series, sends up the whole boarding school culture with glee. It all gets incredibly silly and, as such, is a genuinely hilarious and harmless hour and a half of entertainment.


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