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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 ... 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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From the Studios of ALEXANDER KORDA

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Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1950 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Happiest Days of Your Life See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There is a reference to 'Oliver Twist' when the students are served porridge and a young boy says "Please, sir, I don't want any more. No, sir!". 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

[as Miss Whitchurch is showing some of her girls' parents round the school, a cupboard door opens and reveals three pin-up photographs of scantily-clad women, including two in swimming costumes and one performing a can-can high-kick]
Mrs. Ibbertson: What on earth are these doing here?
Muriel Whitchurch: Well, this is Janet Hackett, who won the 220 yards breaststroke in 1946. And this is Evelyn Forbes, who won the 100 yards freestyle in 1947. And this is Frieda Harris, our champion Morris dancer caught in mid-action.
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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 »


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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Margaret Rutherford at her Best!
31 March 2001 | by Mark WhistonSee all my reviews

After a long run in the West End this charming film re-cast Margaret Rutherford as the Headmistress 'Miss Whitchurch' in this financially successful adaptation made in 1950.

All interior shots took place at Riverside studios in Hammersmith, London. The exterior scenes were filmed on location at a public girl's school near Liss in Hampshire. During the 12 - week shoot both Margaret Rutherford and Joyce Grenfell were staying in a hotel nearby and would often visit the school during the evenings where they would happily enjoy the company of the real school mistresses.

Although the film's script contains only two original lines from the original play the leads and supporting actors are in fine form and you can only feel sympathetic for their predicament especially in the final scenes.


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