Sept. 4 THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE (1950, 81 min.)
Due to wartime restrictions, the staff and residents of Nutbourne—a rural, conservative, all-boys boarding school guided by exasperated headmaster Alastair Sim—is told that it will temporarily have to share its facilities with another school. Unfortunately, due to a bureaucratic snafu, it's quickly discovered that the other school, St. Swithens, is all-female (and headed by dotty old battleaxe Margaret Rutherford). An already chaotic situation gets even worse when, on the very same day that the girls invade the school, the Ministry of Education chooses an inspection team to visit Nutbourne to ensure that the school is maintaining its traditional “high standards” of decorum and propriety. One of the funniest comedies to emerge from post-war England, and showcasing its two most illustrious comedy character superstars, THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE was a box-office smash and remains today one of the most affectionately remembered comedies of its era. Don't miss it!
Sept. 11 LAUGHTER IN PARADISE (1951, 93 min.)
When an eccentric millionaire practical joker (Hugh Griffith) dies, his four heirs—Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, Guy Middleton and George Cole—are informed by the terms of his will that, to collect their 50,000 pounds inheritance, each of them will have to undertake a task completely out of character and against their nature. For example, mystery writer Alastair Sim—a gentle, mild-mannered, law-abiding citizen by nature—must commit a crime that will land him in jail for at least one month. And if any one of the heirs refuses to comply with the will, then ALL of them will lose their inheritance. A clever script, engaging performances and ingenious ending ensures that LAUGHTER IN PARADISE is pure delight from start to finish. And don't blink or you'll miss a lovely young pre-stardom Audrey Hepburn in one of her first films as a cigarette girl in a London nightclub!