The Happiest Days of Your Life

The Happiest Days of Your Life

Frank Launder (1950)

U Certificate


Our Score
You can almost smell the school dinners in this wonderful comedy, adapted by John Dighton and Frank Launder from Dighton's play and directed by Launder (for once without longtime partner Sidney Gilliat). The bones of contention that arise when Margaret Rutherford's academy for young ladies is accidentally evacuated to a building already occupied by Alastair Sim's boys' school are beautifully observed, but the comic highlight is undoubtedly the precision with which the pupils scurry around the school to avoid groups of visiting VIPs. The heads are superb and the performances of Richard Wattis, Guy Middleton and Joyce Grenfell are top class.


The headmaster of a boys' boarding school receives word that he must share his campus with the pupils and staff of another institution that has been evacuated due to the Blitz. He is horrified to learn that the new arrivals are from a girls' school, and finds himself perpetually at odds with their indomitable headmistress. Comedy, starring Alastair Sim and Margaret Rutherford.

Cast & Crew

Wetherby Pond Alastair Sim
Miss Whitchurch Margaret Rutherford
Miss Gossage Joyce Grenfell
Rainbow Edward Rigby
Victor Hyde-Brown Guy Middleton
Richard Tassell John Bentley
Arnold Billings Richard Wattis
Miss Harper Bernadette O'Farrell
Director Frank Launder
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray