Last Holiday

1950

Last Holiday

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Informed that he has only a short time to live, salesman Alec Guinness decides to enjoy his last months to the fullest. He withdraws all his savings from the bank and heads to a posh hotel. Here he makes more contacts and opens more professional doors than he'd ever done before, thanks to his willingness--at long last--to take risks. He also spends every penny that he's earned in life. Then he discovers that the doctor's diagnosis was in error, and that he's in no danger of imminent death. An ironic ending caps this fast-paced black comedy. Last Holiday was co-written and co-produced by J. B. Priestly, author of many other "if I had to do it all over again" pieces, notably An Inspector Calls. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Alec Guinness
as George Bird
Kay Walsh
as Mrs. Poole
Beatrice Campbell
as Sheila Rockingham
Bernard Lee
as Inspector Wilton
Muriel George
as Lady Oswington
Helen Cherry
as Miss Mellows
Jean Colin
as Daisy Clarence
Brian Worth
as Derek Rockingham
Sidney James
as Joe Clarence
David McCallum Sr.
as Blind Fiddler
Esma Cannon
as Miss Fox
Campbell Cotts
as Bellinghurst
Moultrie Kelsall
as Sir Robert Kyle
Eric Maturin
as Wrexham
Hal Osmond
as Trade Union Man
Brian Oulton
as Prescott
Ernest Thesiger
as Sir Trevor Lampington
Heather Wilde
as Michael the Waiter
Ronald Simpson
as Dr. Pevensey
Leslie Weston
as William the Waiter
Lockwood West
as Dinsdale
Harry Hutchinson
as Michael the Waiter
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  • Jan 11, 2012
    Alec Guinness leads a cast of familiar English characters in this short story about a dying man's last fling at life that's as cozy and predictable as a drink after work at your favorite watering hole.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This is a cool movie, it's sort of a dark comedy at times, and a drama at other times. The story is good and the actors are good. I liked this movie, and I recommend watching it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2010
    im blown away that there are people that dont love this film. rules of the game may be known as the best commentary on high society, but dare i say it, i like this film better. guinness was incredible in the lead role, and every actor played their roles perfectly. the emotional roller-coaster that we receive is not melo-dramamtic, its far more subtle and intentional, and the message of the film carries major weight. a must see.
    danny d Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2008
    The solid tragic comedy tells the Dickenesque story of a man's second spring in life as he discovers that he suffers from a fatal illness. A good performance by the late Alec Guiness makes this movie enjoyable above average. Yet, the movie suffers from a slow pace, an uninspired direction and a very weak supporting cast. Still, it is worth a watch if you are into Alec Guiness.
    Henrik S Super Reviewer

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