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on 5 June 2009
Another film that was long overdue for DVD release.
When a typical, English boys' school returns from summer holiday, the masters were prepared for some extra boys, from another school. They intend to make the usual "arrangements" and make the most of a bad situation. When the mistresses arrive from the girls' school that has been mistakenly assigned to the school, nobody, at first, suspects anything is out of the ordinary, because, initially, their paths never cross.
However, it is an entirely different story when the headmisstress (Margaret Rutherford) meets the headmaster (Alastair Sim) and they begin the task of trying to work with (or is it around) each other. Of course, the headmisstress is practical and resourceful, whereas the headmaster is annoyed and less inclined to be accepting of his lot. However, despite calls to the ministry, they have to get on with things and make the best of a bad situation.
Things then take a turn for the worse, when parents from both schools are invited on the same day. A plan has to be formulated quickly and the once staunch adversaries become allies, in trying to keep the two sets of parents apart.
With pupils dashing around on roller stakes, rugby balls falling from a cupboard, goalposts being changed, classes moved and the same pupils appearing in multiple classes, the worst, inevitably, happens and the dignified deception turns into a fantastic farce!
Watch for Alastair Sim, when he is asked to give an explanation for what's happened. A classic one-liner: "Can't you see I'm trying to find one?"
It's a great farce and a great film. A wealth of superb actors and some lovely locations make this a film to be enjoyed frequently!