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      The Happiest Days of Your Life

      1950 1h 21m Comedy List
      Reviews 82% Audience Score 500+ Ratings During World War II, the all-girls St. Swithins school is evacuated from London to avoid the Blitz. Due to an administrative error, the female students and staff are relocated to the Nutborne Boys School, whose headmaster, Wetherby Pond (Alastair Sim), is alarmed. He and St. Swithins headmistress Muriel Whitchurch (Margaret Rutherford) agree to keep their mixed-sex campus a secret to avoid disturbing the parents, but they find it hard to deceive visiting inspectors. Read More Read Less

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      MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin Occasionally slapdash, but frequently amusing. Feb 1, 2018 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A first-class postwar farce, with Margaret Rutherford and Alastair Sim in fine form as rival school principals. Rated: A- Mar 14, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Colin M (B&W, Alastair Simms, Margaret Rutherford) Girls' school pupils sent by accident to double up at a boys' school. Silly farce. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/15/24 Full Review Audience Member A typical British runaround farce, but it's extremely well done and both witty and funny throughout. The leads of Alistair Sim and Margaret Rutherford are superb together and their comic timing is perfect. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member The Happiest Days of Your Life is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Margaret Rutherford and Alastair Sim are two of the greatest comedic actors of all time. Together these two have explosive chemistry and perfect comic timing. These legendary English actors are at their best in this film, making it one of the greatest British comedies of all time. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member This classic British comedy leaves a warm, cheerful glow!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Before st trinians we had this gem of film. Some wonderful performances from Rutherford and sim but Joyce grenfell's was even better. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Completely farcical movie of wartime girls being moved by mistake into private boys school. Brilliant plotting and subtle characterization as well as hilarious intrigue to fool visitng parents. This is just fabulous chaos! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis During World War II, the all-girls St. Swithins school is evacuated from London to avoid the Blitz. Due to an administrative error, the female students and staff are relocated to the Nutborne Boys School, whose headmaster, Wetherby Pond (Alastair Sim), is alarmed. He and St. Swithins headmistress Muriel Whitchurch (Margaret Rutherford) agree to keep their mixed-sex campus a secret to avoid disturbing the parents, but they find it hard to deceive visiting inspectors.
      Director
      Frank Launder
      Producer
      Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder
      Screenwriter
      John Dighton, Frank Launder, John Dighton
      Production Co
      London Films
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Runtime
      1h 21m