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Last Holiday (1950)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 13 November 1950 (USA)
When a lonely, unappreciated farm equipment salesman discovers he has only a few weeks to live, he withdraws his savings for a final holiday at a "posh" resort.

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Henry Cass

Writer:

J.B. Priestley (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Guinness ... George Bird
Beatrice Campbell Beatrice Campbell ... Sheila Rockingham
Kay Walsh ... Mrs. Poole
Grégoire Aslan ... Gambini (as Coco Aslan)
Jean Colin ... Daisy Clarence
Muriel George ... Lady Oswington
Brian Worth Brian Worth ... Derek Rockingham
Esma Cannon ... Miss Fox
Bernard Lee ... Inspector Wilton
Sidney James ... Joe Clarence
Campbell Cotts Campbell Cotts ... Bellinghurst
Moultrie Kelsall ... Sir Robert Kyle
Eveline Kirkwood-Hackett Eveline Kirkwood-Hackett ... Miss Hatfield (as Mme. Kirkwood-Hackett)
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Chalfont
Eric Maturin Eric Maturin ... Wrexham
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Storyline

George Bird's rather lonely, anonymous existence as an underappreciated seller of farm machinery is jarred when his physician informs him that he is suffering from the rare malady Lampington's Disease, and only has a few weeks to live. Believing he has nothing to lose, Bird resigns his position and withdraws his modest life savings in order to spend his remaining time in a "posh" seaside resort. There he keeps his own counsel about his condition and meets people who live in a world he could never have imagined existed. Incredibly, he finds personal and professional opportunities now open to him that that he never dreamed would be his, but unfortunately, he is no position to take advantage of them, until fate lends a hand. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Guinness...The Great Lover! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vacances sur ordonnance See more »

Filming Locations:

Torquay, Devon, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film includes cast members who cropped up in various Alec Guinness films. Amongst them, are Sid James, Ernest Thesiger and Kay Walsh. See more »

Quotes

George Bird: How do you keep smiling with a stiff upper lip?
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Connections

Remade as Last Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Beggar's Theme
(uncredited)
Composed by Francis Chagrin
[played on violin by busker]
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exceptionally well done but a bit depressing
1 July 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Although most Americans have little knowledge of his work other than Star Wars, Alec Guinness produced an amazing body of work--particularly in the 1940s-1950s--ranging from dramas to quirky comedies. I particularly love his comedies, as they are so well-done and seem so natural and real on the screen--far different from the usual fare from Hollywood.

This movie is the story of a man who thinks he is dying and decides to go out in style--living it up among the wealthy and well-bred. After all, he figures, he certainly won't need the money after he's gone! The marvelous acting and experiences among the upper crust make this a must-see. However, be forewarned, this is an incredibly depressing film. I doubt if I would have allowed the movie to be as dark as this one, but at least I can commend those who made it for not taking the easy way out and making a typical Hollywood style ending.


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