LAST HOLIDAY, 1950, Rialto Pictures, 88 min. Dir. Henry Cass. A mistake at the doctor’s office leaves George Bird (Alec Guinness) convinced he has only weeks to live. Determined to enjoy his final days, the humble salesman checks into a ritzy hotel, whose elite residents – unaware of Bird’s diagnosis - soon embrace him as one of their own. THE CARD (aka THE PROMOTER), 1952, Park Circus/MGM, 85 min. Dir. Ronald Neame. Alec Guinness plays one of his first romantic leads as Denry Machin, a young man whose ambition and occasional willingness to bend the rules help him rise through the ranks of society. Future singing star Petula Clark is among the women who catch his eye in this thoroughly enjoyable comedy.