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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

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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A reference to the films of the J. Arthur Rank Organisation occurs when the St Swithin's teachers arrive. Gossage (Joyce Grenfell) loudly strikes the gong in the hall, whereupon Whitchurch (Margaret Rutherford) tells her to "... tap it gently. We're not here to announce a film." See more »

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During the class change scene, the knob on the banister gets broken, but can be seen soon after as unbroken. See more »

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Schoolgirl: [after Victor Hyde-Brown has escorted a group of girls outside, and regaled them with a story of wartime experiences] I'd simply have adored to see you in your uniform.
Victor Hyde-Brown: Well, I looked much the same as the rest of the bunch, you know.
[Looking admiringly at some of the girls]
Victor Hyde-Brown: I say, you girls are bang-on for seventeen.
Muriel Whitchurch: [Arriving] Mr Brown, what are you doing with my senior botany?
Victor Hyde-Brown: Oh, well, I was, um, just showing them the petunias. Jolly good display this year. Bit past their best now, of course.
Muriel Whitchurch: ...
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The opening titles appear over drawings by Ronald Searle in the style of his St. Trinian's cartoons. See more »

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Featured in Joyce Grenfell 1910-1979 (1980) See more »

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Billy Boy
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St Swithin's versus Nutbourne!
17 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

A bumbling error at the Ministry Of Education results in Nutbourne Boys School having to share with St Swithin's School For Girls. This bemuses the respective head teachers of each school and leads to all manner of chaotic goings on, however the two are forced to come to an uneasy alliance in the hope of averting major trouble.

The Happiest Days Of Your Life is based on the John Dighton play from 1948, with Dighton writing the part of Headmistress Whitchurch specifically for Margaret Rutherford. Replacing George Howe from the play in the role of Headmaster Pond, is Alastair Sim, and herein lies the crowning glory of this filmic adaptation, Sim & Rutherford are perfectly wonderful, bouncing off each other to keep what is basically a one joke movie, highly entertaining. Directed by the gifted Frank Launder, and produced by the equally adroit Sidney Gilliat, The Happiest Days Of Your Life is a quintessentially British movie, obviously a precursor to the St Trinians franchise, the film entertains the children with it's high jinks clash of the sexes heart, whilst tickling the watching adults with its very saucy undercurrent. Thankfully the chaotic ending cements all that has gone before it to leave this particular viewer with a grin as wide as Nutbourne Rail Station. Great fun. 8/10


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