Last Holiday

Date: 1950
Director: Henry Cass
Production Company: Associated British Picture Corporation, Watergate Films

Stars: Alec Guinness, Beatrice Campbell, Kay Walsh, Bernard Lee. Wilfrid Hyde-White, Helen Cherry, Jean Colin, Muriel George, Sid James
Location(s): Bedfordshire, Devon, Hertfordshire

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Storyline:

When a lonely, unappreciated farm equipment salesman discovers that he has only weeks to live, he spends his savings on a final holiday.

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An establishing shot of the clinic that George Bird visits. This rather dark location is identified by Paul Robbins as Castle Street in Luton, Bedfordshire with The Dog public house at the corner of Langley Street in the background. Paul adds that his grandfather, Sidney Stratton, rides his bike past Wray's shop in a later frame.

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George Bird (Alec Guinness) leaves Chanbury Clinc after being told that he has only weeks to live. Castle Street in Luton confirms Paul Robbins.

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The distraught, unassuming implement salesman waits as a hearse makes its way from an undertakers yard. No longer unidentified, Sue Bradford places this as 109 - 111 High Street, Stevenage, Herts. (RL)

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George pauses outside the undertakers window. An unknown location but the reflection shows a shop with 'Beatrice Browning' on the fascia. William Dark & Sons were Builders/Undertakers in the Stevenage/Knebworth area of Hertfordshire. (RL)

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Wray's on Castle Street, Luton, Bedfordshire is where George goes to get kitted out with a suit and clothes. The street has been redeveloped.

George leaves his job, cashes in his insurance and withdraws his savings to take one Last Holiday in high class Pinebourne. Manuel Gurtner discovered that this is the view from Ilsham Marine Drive towards the Meadfoot Beach and Triangle Point in Torquay.

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And this is what it looks like now. Image copyright Google.

A car takes George from Pinebourne station to his hotel. Torbay Road, Torquay in Devon. The white building to the right of centre was the Palm Court Hotel, also seen in 'The System' and 'Brandy for the Parson'.

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Dave Wilson found the location substantially changed. (RL)

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George Bird arrives at the Regal Hotel. The Rosetor Hotel on Chestnut Avenue, Torquay, Devon.

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After being shown to his room and settling in, George visits the grounds of the Regal Hotel. The Rosetor Hotel, in Torquay. The hotel was demolished in 1979 and the Riviera International Conference Centre now stands in it's place.

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Inventor, Rufus Chalfont (Wilfrid Hyde-White) shows George a card trick and learns, during conversation, of an improvement to his agricultural machinery design. The gardens of the The Rosetor Hotel, Torquay.

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Prescott (Brian Colton), the private secretary to Minister Mr Billinghurst, invites George for cocktails to give his views on government policy. The Rosetor Hotel, Torquay, Devon.

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Whilst playing croquet with Sheila Rockingham (Beatrice Campbell), amusement arcade owner Joe Clarence (Sid James) gives George a racing tip that turns out to win. The Rosetor Hotel looking towards Torbay Road, Torquay.

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Chalfont and Miss Hatfield (Madam Kirkwood-Hackett) stand in the background as George and Sheila continue their game. The Rosetor Hotel, Torquay.

As George's life and social standing take an uninvited turn for the better, he takes a look at the Grand Hotel as alternative accommodation. Likely to be a stock or second unit shot but identified by Tonyk as the Grand Hotel, Torbay Road, Torquay in Devon.

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And confirmed by Dave Wilson. (RL)

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When he learns that he is not suffering from a fatal condition, George borrows Joe's car to visit his Doctor. The Rosetor Hotel, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay.

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George passes Derek Rockingham (Brian Worth) on the drive and is thanked for financially helping he and his Wife. The Rosetor Hotel, Torquay.

On the way back from his Doctor's clinic, George is held up at a level crossing. Roger Taylor identifies this as Nast Hyde Level Crossing on Ellenbrook Lane, Hatfield in Hertfordshire. The route ran between Hatfield and St. Albans but was closed in 1968 but the Station House, to the extreme left, remains standing.

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To support Roger's identification and a worthwhile visit, the platform also remains standing and memorabilia is displayed on what is now a walking and cycling route. (RL)

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In Fallow End, a resident laments with a Street Cleaner about having his dog put to sleep. Unknown location.

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George enters Fallow End and swerves to avoid the escaping dog. Unidentified location.

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Mrs. Poole (Kay Walsh) steps out of the hotel after the guests learn of George's death in a road accident. Unknown location.

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