Henry Cass

Last Holiday

Last Holiday

Told by his doctor he has no more than a few months to live, drab British workingman George Bird (Alec Guinness) decides to spend his savings on lodging at a seaside resort. Once there, however, he finds his identity caught between upstairs and downstairs, the guests and the “help.” A droll social commentary as well as an unpredictable dark comedy about life, death, and luck, Last Holiday is one of Guinness’s finest moments.

Film Info

  • Henry Cass
  • United Kingdom
  • 1950
  • 89 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English

Cast
Alec Guinness
George Bird
Beatrice Campbell
Sheila Rockingham
Kay Walsh
Mrs. Poole
Bernard Lee
Inspector Wilton
Wilfred Hyde-White
Chalfont
Muriel George
Lady Oswington
Helen Cherry
Miss Mellows
Jean Colin
Daisy Clarence
Credits
Director
Henry Cass
Producer
Stephen Mitchell
Producer
A. D. Peters
Producer
J. B. Priestley
Screenplay
J. B. Priestley
Cinematography
Ray Elton
Art direction
Duncan Sutherland
Editing
Monica Kimick
Music
Francis Chagrin

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