The Time of His Life

The Time of His Life is a 1955 British comedy film directed by Leslie S. Hiscott and starring Richard Hearne, Ellen Pollock, Richard Wattis and Robert Moreton. The screenplay concerns a man who is released from prison and goes to live with his socialite daughter.[1]

The Time of His Life
DVD cover
Directed byLeslie S. Hiscott
Produced byElizabeth Hiscott
W.A. Smith
Written byLeslie S. Hiscott
Richard Hearne
Story byLeslie S. Hiscott & Brock Williams
StarringRichard Hearne
Ellen Pollock
Richard Wattis
Frederick Leister
Music byElizabeth Hiscott
CinematographyKenneth Talbot
Edited byErwin Reiner
Shaftesbury Films
Distributed byRenown Pictures Corporation
Release date
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


When newly released prisoner Mr. Pastry (Richard Hearne) arrives to stay, he proves an embarrassment to his social climbing daughter Lady Florence (Ellen Pollock). As president of the society for the rehabilitation of ex-convicts, she attempts to hide the fact her father is an ex-con. She locks Mr. Pastry in his bedroom, and even plots to have him sent to Australia. But Lady Florence's children see Mr. Pastry differently, and he helps them through a problem, prompting even his daughter to see Mr. Pastry in a new light.


Critical reception

TV Guide gave the film two out of five stars, calling it a "simple comedy with likable characters";[2] the Radio Times rated the film three out of five stars, and wrote, "Though not a patch on Pastry's many TV shows, it's still a nostalgic treat";[3] and Sky Movies also rated the film three out of five stars, writing, "Both comedy and pathos come off well in an unpretentious little film that has likeable characters, an acceptable story and some amusing situations. In the supporting cast: two other music-hall comedians - Robert Moreton, once famous for his 'Bumper Fun Book' and Peter Sinclair."[4]


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