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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.

Director:

Frank Launder

Writers:

John Dighton (play), Frank Launder (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alastair Sim ... Wetherby Pond
Margaret Rutherford ... Muriel Whitchurch
John Turnbull ... Conrad Matthews
Richard Wattis ... Arnold Billings
John Bentley John Bentley ... Richard Tassell
Guy Middleton ... Victor Hyde-Brown
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... Monsieur Joue
Arthur Howard Arthur Howard ... Anthony Ramsden
Edward Rigby ... Rainbow
Harold Goodwin ... Edwin
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Mrs. Hampstead
Muriel Aked Muriel Aked ... Miss Jezzard
Joyce Grenfell ... Miss Gossage
Bernadette O'Farrell Bernadette O'Farrell ... Miss Harper
Myrette Morven Myrette Morven ... Miss Chapel
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1950 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cette sacrée jeunesse See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Miss Whitchurch refers to the staff room as 'Cold Comfort Farm', a reference to the novel by Stella Gibbons, first published in 1932. There have been two filmed versions - a television movie (Cold Comfort Farm (1995)) and a television mini-series (Cold Comfort Farm (1968)). See more »

Goofs

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

Rainbow: There's a lady at the door, sir, wanting to know if you'll vote for Miss Winston in the election.
Wetherby Pond: Mrs Hampstead, you can tell your lady that if there is a *male* candidate, whether he's Conservative, socialist, communist or anarchist... or for that matter, Liberal... he will have my vote.
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Crazy Credits

The opening titles appear over drawings by Ronald Searle in the style of his St. Trinian's cartoons. See more »


Soundtracks

The Theme from 'The Third Man'
Written and performed by Anton Karas
Heard as a wake-up alarm when Pond is sleeping in the bath
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This classic British comedy leaves a warm, cheerful glow.
19 September 2000 | by Cajun-4See all my reviews

No point in giving too many plot details here, just take the basic premise of an all girls school being assigned to an all boys school by mistake, add that on the same day the girl's headmistress has to show a group of visiting parents around while the boy's headmaster (who is due to be promoted to a senior position at a new college) has to show his new employers around and I think you'll get the picture.

This fifty year old comedy wears well. The pace is frantic, like a French farce with doors opening and closing and much dashing along corridors with split second timing as the two groups try to avoid each other. Magaret Rutherford and Alistair Sim ham it up superbly and there are many familiar faces in the supporting cast, all of whom react with great professionalism. At ninety minutes the film doesn't out stay it's welcome, and there's even time for a little romance that doesn't slow up the action one bit. Incidentally I had forgotten how sexy the gym outfits of English schoolgirls of that period were. It bought back memories.


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