Bank Holiday (1938)

Bank Holiday DVD

Also Known As: Three on a Weekend
Gainsborough Pictures
 John Lodge, Margaret Lockwood, Hugh Williams, René Ray
Directed by: Carol Reed

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film.

Synopsis: The August Bank Holiday starts with the mad rush from London to the trains heading for the seaside as we follow three different stories: a pair of young women (René Ray and Merle Tottenham), one of whom is the reigning Miss Fulham and is going to compete in the Miss England beauty contest; a rambunctious family including a husband (Wally Patch), wife (Kathleen Harrison) and their three children; and a nurse (Margaret Lockwood) who is going away with her boyfriend (Hugh Williams) but who is concerned about Stephen Howard (John Lodge), whom she had to inform at the hospital about his wife’s death during childbirth.

Kitty Cameo: When the sudden widower, Stephen Howard, returns home he enters the kitchen to see the pet black cat sitting on the windowsill.

Bank Holiday - black cat sitting on windowsill

The cat exits the room and hovers around the man as he sits in the apartment’s foyer.  Presently, Mr. Howard gets up and fetches some milk for the cat, even though at this point he is just going through the motions.  He then leaves the apartment, unable to stand it there any longer.  Later in the film the cat is seen briefly as the police and the nurse are allowed into the apartment by the superintendent, who stoops to pet the cat as the others go to check on the welfare of Mr. Howard, whom they fear may be contemplating suicide.

Bank Holiday - man feeds black cat

Final Mewsings: It’s a kind heart that doesn’t forget to feed the cat despite its pain.

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