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Last Holiday [1950] (DVD)
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Alec Guinness stars in this 1950s black comedy about a salesman who learns he has months to live. When told by his doctor of his terminal illness, agricultural salesman George Bird (Guinness) decides to bow out with no regrets. Cashing in all his savings, he heads off to live in a fancy hotel and enjoy the good life while he still can, discovering along the way that his life would probably have turned out far better had he been more adventurous. After blowing his entire savings, however, George discovers that he has been wrongly diagnosed, and that he can now look forward to a long and healthy life. Synopsis Informed that he has only a short time to live, salesman George Bird (Alec Guinness) decides to enjoy his last months to the fullest. He withdraws all his savings from the bank and heads to a posh hotel. Here he makes more contacts and opens more professional doors than he's ever done before, thanks to his willingness--at long last--to take risks. He also spends every penny that he's earned in life, before discovering that the doctor's diagnosis was in error, and that he's in no danger of imminent death whatsoever. An ironic ending caps this fast-paced black comedy.

Running Time: 86 minutes
Region: Region 2

Release Date: 31 Jan. 2011


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