Last Holiday. Image shows from L to R: Mrs. Poole (Kay Walsh), George Bird (Alec Guinness).

Last Holiday

1950 British comedy film about a dying man. Stars Alec Guinness, Beatrice Campbell, Kay Walsh, Bernard Lee, Wilfrid Hyde-White and others.

Last Holiday. Image shows from L to R: George Bird (Alec Guinness), Miss Mellows (Helen Cherry). Copyright: STUDIOCANAL.

Last Holiday

Alec Guinness-starring Ealing comedy about a man who is told he doesn't have long to live

Alec Guinness, Beatrice Campbell, Kay Walsh, Bernard Lee, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Muriel George, Helen Cherry, Jean Colin and others
J. B. Priestley
Henry Cass
Stephen Mitchell, A. D. Peters and J. B. Priestley

George Bird is a mild-mannered salesman who has been told by his doctor that he only has a short time left to live. Determined not to waste his final days, he decides to spend all his savings living life to the full at a hotel by the British seaside.

Once there, George embarks on a winning streak at croquet, poker and the horses that attracts the attention of his fellow guests, curious about the wealthy mystery man in their midst. George, however, feels more at home with the maids and clerks, including the no-nonsense housekeeper Mrs. Poole.

Frustrated at his sudden upturn in luck as he is about to run out of time, George finds solace in organising the guests and hotel manager's co-operation to put on an evening's food and entertainment when a sudden wildcat strike takes all the other staff off-shift for 12 hours. The group bond further in the Blitz spirit but Bird is understandably unable to fully relax.

Production Details

UK certificate
89 minutes
Release date
Monday 15th May 1950
Wednesday 3rd May 1950

Associated British Pathe

Production company
Black and white
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Monday 19th July 2021 at 3:00pm on TPTV

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