Bank Holiday (1938)



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A minor effort from a major director, Bank Holiday is little more than a series of anecdotes involving middle-class Brightoners on holiday. Margaret Lockwood and Hugh Williams played the largest roles, as a couple who find love during their one-day respite from work. Comic relief (which in this film is superior to the straight plotting) is provided by several reliable character actors, notably Wilfred Lawson as an officious constable. The film's major purpose is to poke gentle fun at the foibles of the working class, and as such it doesn't amuse as much as it did back in 1938. Bank Holiday was released in the U.S. as Three on a Weekend.


Margaret Lockwood
as Catherine Lawrence
John Lodge
as Stephen Howard
Hugh Williams
as Geoffrey
Renee Ray
as Doreen Richards
René Ray
as Doreen Richards
Linden Travers
as Ann Howard
Garry Marsh
as Manager
Jeanne Stuart
as Miss Mayfair
Wilfrid Lawson
as Police Sergeant
Felix Aylmer
as Surgeon
Alf Goddard
as Tough Man on Beach
Michael Rennie
as Guardsman
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Critic Reviews for Bank Holiday

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

This is good entertainment.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Reed's film, in its gentle mockery of the hopes and dreams of its 'ordinary' protagonists, is unique.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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The excellent acting and brilliant direction, coupled with the fact that the plot deals with the realities of English life, give it a vividness that makes it definitely a film to see.

Jan 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Although in essence it's a lightweight romantic melodrama with comic elements, it also provides a fascinating glimpse of the leisure activities of various British social classes.

Feb 25, 2013 | Full Review…

Forgettable heart-tugger.

Feb 25, 2013 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Director Reed is a long way from The Third Man, but his assured direction is already much in evidence.

May 24, 2003 | Full Review…

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