- Actors: Alastair Sim, Margaret Rutherford, Guy Middleton, Joyce Grenfell, Edward Rigby
- Directors: Frank Launder
- Format: Black & White, NTSC
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Homevision
- VHS Release Date: June 6, 2000
- Run Time: 83 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6303038514
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Happiest Days of Your Life [VHS]
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For those who love old movies, old British movies at their best, or are just plain fed up with a fare of slick, expensive, plot-less Hollywood movies, I guarantee this will delight and entertain.
Yes, a terrible mistake has been made by the Ministry of Education. Nutbourne is a school for boys. St. Swithen's is a school for girls. And what makes this one of the best post-WWII British comedies, Nutbourne's head master is Wetherby Pond...played by Alastair Sim, while St. Swithen's head mistress is Muriel Whitchurch...played by Margaret Rutherford.
"St. Swithen's?" says Pond. "You don't mean to say that yours is a school for boys and girls?" he asks one of the early girls. "Only girls" she says cheerfully. "Does this mean, sir," asks one of Nutbourne's teachers, "that we are to expect 100 young girls?" "It means that not only have the ministry made a mistake in sending a school here at all, but that it is guilty of an appalling sexual aberration!"
Margaret Rutherford's Miss Whitchurch, as positive and immovable as a battleship, intends to make the best of it, by briskly taking over Nutbourne if possible. Alastair Sim's Pond is exasperated up to his big bald head and is determined to salvage his school.Read more ›
For those who love old movies, or are just plain fed up with a fare of slick, expensive, plot-less Hollywood movies, I guarantee you will love this.
The film revolves around a fictitious all boys prep school, Nutbourne Academy, which is situated along the English countryside. Problems arise when there appears to be a mix-up with the Ministry of Education. They accidently goofed in assigning an all-girls school, St. Swithin, to bunk and attend classes at Nutbourne; just the name of the school gives you the hint that all chaos will break out. However, not without a laugh a minute. The climax of the film showcases a visit from one of the all-girls school's parents and their tour around the school. And at the same time, the Governors of Nutbourne pay a visit as well. In the process, a lot of shifting occurs in order to prevent Nutbourne from passing as a co-ed school.
"The Happiest Days of Your Life" is one of those movies that show that within a whirlwind of chaos and confusion, laughter goes a long way. Enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE is redolent of an era of 'make do and mend,' when everyone in Britain had to endure the privations of education on a shoestring. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Dr. Laurence Raw
Movies made before the 1960's tend to be my favorites for so many reasons, and this lighthearted film fits right in to my favorites list. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Oregon Critic
The Happiest Days of Your Life refers to your younger days spent at school. however no school is like the two schools shown in this film. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by The Foxster
This comedy Gem stars the wonderful Alistair Simm as the Headmaster of an all boys school that, by a clerical mixup, is forced to share space with an all girls school run by the... Read morePublished on October 11, 2012 by A. West
First the picture quality, etc of this DVD is excellent. Next, I came to it with high expectations, recalling my enjoyment of it decades ago. Read morePublished on November 26, 2010 by petervans
"Gaming? Nicotine? Fisticuffs? We're moving in a descending spiral of iniquity!" So says the head of St. Swithen's upon inspecting the master's common at Nutbourne. Read morePublished on June 10, 2009 by C. O. DeRiemer
The other reviewers have already said what a wonderful movie this is. All I am doing is begging the powers that be to please make a DVD available. Read morePublished on May 11, 2007 by Former world traveler