Bank Holiday (January 27, 1938)

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Bank Holiday
 

Released on January 27, 1938: A London nurse goes on a holiday weekend with her boyfriend to the seashore to consummate their love and devotion.

Produced by Edward Black

Directed by Carol Reed

The Actors: Margaret Lockwood (Catherine Lawrence), Hugh Williams (Geoffrey), John Lodge (Stephen Howard), Rene Ray (Doreen Richards), Merle Tottenham (Milly), Linden Travers (Ann Howard), Wally Patch (Arthur), Kathleen Harrison (May), Garry Marsh (Follies manager), Jeanne Stuart (Miss Mayfair), Wilfrid Lawson (Sussex County Police Sergeant), Felix Aylmer (Doctor Nichols, surgeon), David Anthony (Hector, Arthur and May's son), Angela Glynne (Marina, Arthur and May's daughter), Alf Goddard (tough man on beach), Mike Johnson (man at boarding house window), Arthur West Payne (Ken, Arthur and May's son), Michael Rennie (guardsman), Charles Rolfe (Charlie, traffic policeman), Ernest Sefton (pier entertainer), Leonard Sharp (Jack, petrol pump attendant), Harry Terry (man in queue at railway station), Ben Williams (photographer at railway station)

 

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No More Let Life Divide What Death Can Join Together . . .

In 1938 England a bank holiday was an early weekend and a chance to get out of town and enjoy a fun holiday weekend. When this movie was shown in the U.S., the name was changed, because here in the States in 1938, so soon after the 1929 Stock Market Crash and the beginning of the Great Depression, a bank holiday was anything but fun. In the States when a bank closed for a ‘bank holiday’ it meant that the bank had lost all of its money . . . . Or should I say YOUR money . . . . . and would possibly never open again. But today our time-travel adventure in motion pictures takes us back to pre-World War Two England and the six day work week was the norm. On this bank holiday all of the business in London comes to a halt at noon on Saturday, with half the work day off to get away for some weekend fun. We will follow three sets of characters as they jam onto the trains headed for the seashore. Doreen and Milly are two young girls from a small town who are heading for the seashore with a purpose. Doreen is entered in the Daily Post newspaper beauty pageant and she desperately wants to win the fifteen hundred pound prize and be crowned Miss England. Art and May and their three young children are on their way out of the humdrum of family life for a bit of adventure and fun at the seashore. Then there are Catherine ‘Cat’ Lawrence, played by matinée idol Margaret Lockwood, and Geoffrey, played by Hugh Williams. Cat is a nurse at a local hospital and Geoffrey works in an office somewhere in London. They are desperately in love, and would love to get married, but they cannot afford to get hitched. They both support their families and their money just doesn’t stretch far enough to permit starting a new life and family together. As a result they have decided to go to the seashore on this long holiday weekend and pretend to be man and wife, staying together in the luxurious Grand Hotel. This sounds like the makings for a fine romantic comedy about a weekend at the seashore, so you are wondering about the teaser title for this review, eh? The words were written by the poet Shelly, and you will see them in the story at the proper time . . . . Until then, pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Beauty pagent contestants
Beauty pagent contestants
Margaret Lockwood and Felix Aylmer
Margaret Lockwood and Felix Aylmer
Garry Marsh
Garry Marsh
Garry Marsh and Margaret Lockwood
Garry Marsh and Margaret Lockwood
Garry Marsh
Garry Marsh
Hugh Williams
Hugh Williams
Hugh Willliams
Hugh Willliams
Hugh Williams
Hugh Williams
Hugh Williams
Hugh Williams
Jeanne Stuart
Jeanne Stuart
John Lodge
John Lodge
John Lodge
John Lodge
John Lodge and Linden Travers
John Lodge and Linden Travers
John Lodge and Margaret Lockwood
John Lodge and Margaret Lockwood
John Lodge
John Lodge
Kathleen Harrison
Kathleen Harrison
Kathleen Harrison, Arthur West Payne, David Anthony, Wally Patch and Angela Glynn
Kathleen Harrison, Arthur West Payne, David Anthony, Wally Patch and Angela Glynn
Kathleen Harrison
Kathleen Harrison
Linden Travers
Linden Travers
Margaret Lockwood
Margaret Lockwood
Margaret Lockwood and Hugh Williams
Margaret Lockwood and Hugh Williams
Margaret Lockwood and Hugh Williams
Margaret Lockwood and Hugh Williams
Margaret Lockwood and Hugh Williams
Margaret Lockwood and Hugh Williams
Margaret Lockwood and John Lodge
Margaret Lockwood and John Lodge
Matgaret Lockwood and Hugh Williams
Matgaret Lockwood and Hugh Williams
Margaret Lockwood at the seaside sunset
Margaret Lockwood at the seaside sunset
Margaret Lockwood
Margaret Lockwood
Margaret Lockwood
Margaret Lockwood
Merle Tottenham and René Ray
Merle Tottenham and René Ray
René Ray and Merle Tottenham
René Ray and Merle Tottenham
René Ray and Merle Tottenham
René Ray and Merle Tottenham
René Ray and Merle Tottenham
René Ray and Merle Tottenham
René Ray and Merle Tottenham
René Ray and Merle Tottenham
René Ray and Merle Tottenham
René Ray and Merle Tottenham
René Ray
René Ray
Wally Patch
Wally Patch
Wally Patch
Wally Patch
Wally Patch and Angela Glynne
Wally Patch and Angela Glynne
Wally Patch, Kathleen Harrison and Angela Glynne
Wally Patch, Kathleen Harrison and Angela Glynne
Wally Patch
Wally Patch
Wilfrid Lawson
Wilfrid Lawson
Wilfrid Lawson, Garry Marsh and Margaret Lockwood
Wilfrid Lawson, Garry Marsh and Margaret Lockwood
Wilfrid Lawson and Garry Marsh
Wilfrid Lawson and Garry Marsh
Wilfrid Lawson and Margaret Lockwood
Wilfrid Lawson and Margaret Lockwood
Wilfrid Lawson
Wilfrid Lawson