Bank Holiday

Synopsis: A 1930s British summer Bank Holiday starts at midday on Saturday with a rush for the trains to the sea-side. Doreen Richards under the name Miss Fulham is off with friend Milly to a beauty contest. Geoffrey and nurse Catherine Lawrence have decided to spend an illicit week-end in the Grand Hotel, although Catherine's mind keeps turning back to the hospital case she was working on. Arthur, May and the children are set on a more straight-forward excursion of sea, sand, and pub. Meanwhile, the manager and performers of the "Follies" on the pier pray for rain.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Carol Reed
Production: General Film Corporation
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min

(Rain falling)


(Hooters blaring)

(Big Ben continues)

Mr Howard?

Wouldn't it be better

if you went home?

No, l'd, er...l'd rather wait.

There's no further news yet.

- How long will it be?

- Not for some time, l'm afraid.

l'd rather wait.

- Can l get you a cup of tea?

- No, thanks.

Nurse, would you...

would you give my wife a message?

Of course.

What do you want me to say?

Well, would you tell her that...

Just give her my love. That's all.

l suppose you have fellows like me often,

making exactly the same fuss.

- Must happen every day.

- Yes.

But they don't all try

and burn down the hospital.

Oh, l'm terribly sorry!

l do hope it hasn't left a mark.

You know, Mr Howard,

l've loved nursing your wife.

- And she's told me such a lot about you.

- l hope it hasn't been too bad.

- Well, not too bad.

- What did she say?

Oh, that you work too hard

and that you smoke too much.

And that you never know

which is your own toothbrush.

You must come to see us when it's all over.

You'll be able to laugh at me

for making a fool of myself.

l shan't laugh at you.

l can just imagine how you feel...

- Are you married?

- No.

- Engaged?

- Yes. At least...

- You know all about being in love, then?

- Oh, yes.

l'm old-fashioned. l still think

it's the most important thing in life.

And the only sane thing. When it's real,

not the sort of thing you read about.

Yes, l think that too. But perhaps

we're not old enough to know.

Perhaps when we're old and grey,

we'll be disillusioned.

No, l don't think so.

Besides, l feel old and grey now.

You soon will be

if you go on worrying like this.

We shall need Dr Connor.

Will you get him at once?

Nurse, bring the patient to theatre.

We have to operate.


He brought you some flowers.

And he asked me to give you his love.

Was he like you expected, Nurse?

l mean, you weren't disappointed?

Not a bit.

He's awfully nice, isn't he?

Perhaps l exaggerated

in telling you he was so good-looking.

But... Well, l think

he's quite good-looking.

- Don't you?

- Yes, quite good-looking.

- (Sobs)

- Now, Mrs Howard, come on.

lt's not so bad really.

(Bicycle bells ring, car horns toot)

- What chance has she got, Doctor?

- Very little, l'm afraid.

- Child will be all right though.

- l'm sorry for the husband.

Yes. Why don't you knock off?

You want to get away, don't you?

- Yes, but l must see the case through.

- Where are you going?

Oh, only to Bexborough.

- With family?

- No, just with friends.

Oh, the same friends

that wait for you every evening?

- Yes, Doctor, exactly the same.

- l don't understand you young people.

- Why don't you get married?

- lt isn't easy on my salary.

- That's a young man's worry.

- His isn't much better.

- Why, what's he do?

- He works in an office.

- And we both have to help at home.

- You know your own business best.

After all, we can't wait forever.

Besides, you never know

what's going to happen in the world.

You've got to try and be happy

while you can.

l'm afraid we were born

20 years too early, Sister.

Speak for yourself, Doctor. The conductor

still calls me ''Miss'' on the bus.


(Woman laughs)

(Women giggling)

(Child) Please, let us past!

(Woman) Oh, my parcel!

(Woman shrieking)

- Ooh, the paper's torn.

- l'm awfully sorry.

You will be if you've spoilt

my new sunsuit!

Why don't you look

where you're going?

Don't worry, dear. l've got a needle.

l'll mend it...

Doreen, it'll be all right, don't worry.

There's that man again.

Woman's World, Peg's Paper,

Betty's Own and Woman's Weekly.

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Hans Wilhelm

Hans Wilhelm (born September 21, 1945) is a German-American writer, children's book author and illustrator, and artist. Hans Wilhelm has written and/or illustrated over 200 books – mostly for children. They have been translated in more than thirty languages and have won numerous international awards and prizes. Many of them have been made into animated television series. Presently there are over forty two million books by Hans Wilhelm in print. Some of his best-known books include "I'll Always Love You", "Bunny Trouble" series, "Tyrone The Horrible" series, "Waldo" series, and the "Noodles" books. Wilhelm was born in Bremen, Germany where he grew up. Following his studies of art and business, he moved for 12 years to South Africa where he worked, painted, and was an acting member of a satirical theater group. His writing career began when he embarked on a two-year trip around the world where he lived in Bali, Spain, England and many other places. He's also host to the "Life Explained" video series, which aims to visually explain a number of spiritual phenomena from his personal point of view. more…

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