Bank Holiday (film)

Bank Holiday (also known as Three on a Weekend) is a 1938 British drama film directed by Carol Reed and starring John Lodge, Margaret Lockwood, Hugh Williams and Kathleen Harrison.

Bank Holiday
Directed byCarol Reed
Produced byEdward Black
Written byRodney Ackland
Roger Burford
Based onstory by Hans Wilhelm
Rodney Ackland
StarringJohn Lodge
Margaret Lockwood
Music byLouis Levy
CinematographyArthur Crabtree
Edited byR.E. Dearing
Release date
  • 27 January 1938 (1938-01-27)
Running time
86 minutes
81 minutes (censored)
CountryUnited Kingdom


On a 1930s bank holiday weekend, a number of people rush for trains to head to the seaside. They include:

  • an unmarried couple, nurse Catherine Lawrence and her boyfriend Geoffrey. Catherine is distracted by thoughts of Stephen Howard, widower of a patient who died in childbirth;
  • May and Arthur and their working-class family;
  • two female friends looking for romance.[1]



The film was popular and helped establish Carol Reed's reputation.[2]

The Sunday Express called it "'one of the ablest pieces of picture-making to come out of a British studio."[3]

Lockwood was voted third best actress of 1938 by the readers of Film Weekly.[4]


  2. THE CAROL REED FORMULA: Or How a Leading British Director Goes About the Business of Making a Film By PAUL P. KENNEDY. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 30 Nov 1947: X5
  3. "Three on a Week-End (1938) - Articles -". Turner Classic Movies.
  4. ""PYGMALION" WINS". The West Australian. 55, (16, 564). Western Australia. 4 August 1939. p. 2. Retrieved 1 May 2016 via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
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