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Episode 115 - Last Holiday (1950)

Reel Britannia

Release Date: 04/22/2022

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Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

 

Last Holiday (1950)

When ordinary middle-class salesman George Bird (Alec Guinness) is diagnosed with a rare and fatal illness, he decides to spend his few remaining days in luxury. Cashing in his savings, he buys a fancy new wardrobe and poses as a wealthy businessman at a posh seaside resort. Unexpectedly, the dying man's luck begins to change during his holiday, from winning at gambling to establishing friendships with his fellow guests, most notably Sheila Rockingham (Beatrice Campbell).
 

"I want some more information from you Mr Bird - tomorrow perhaps. Don't run away or drop dead, will you?"

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