Movie Diary 10/2/2018

Last Holiday (Henry Cass, 1950). Alec Guinness plays a meek farm-tools salesman informed he has Lampington’s Disease, and thus has only a few weeks to live. He cashes out his insurance policy and checks into a posh seaside hotel, where he proves an immediate hit. Even when the film is amusing it has a melancholy streak, thanks to the set-up and Guinness’s performance, which is always pitched on the frustration that all his good luck comes when it’s too late to do anything about it. Written by J.B. Priestley; later adapted into an enjoyable Queen Latifah vehicle. Good support from Kay Walsh, Sid James, Wilfrid Hyde-White – everybody, really, including Ernest Thesiger as Sir Trevor Lampington himself.