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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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Frank Launder

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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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Comedy

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

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 »

Goofs

When Miss Gossage writes her name in the dust, the long shot shows shadows of the vase and a structural feature on the dusty surface, while the closer shot just has the shadow of the vase. See more »

Quotes

Wetherby Pond: [responding in exasperation to Miss Whitchurch informing him that her girls will arrive imminently, as St Swithin's is a boarding school that specializes in outposts] Madam, I don't care where they come from or even if the sun never sets upon them.
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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 »

Connections

Version of The Happiest Days of Your Life (1947) 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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funny school-based comedy
7 December 2003 | by didi-5See 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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