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Happiness Ahead (1934)

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Society heiress Joan Bradford rebels against her mother's choice of a future husband by masquerading as a working class girl and dating a window washer.

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Complete credited cast:
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Bob Lane
Josephine Hutchinson ...
Joan Bradford
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Henry Bradford
Frank McHugh ...
Tom
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Chuck
Ruth Donnelly ...
Anna
Dorothy Dare ...
Josie
Marjorie Gateson ...
Mrs. Bradford
Gavin Gordon ...
'Jellie' Travis
Russell Hicks ...
Jim Meehan
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Travis
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Window Washer Boss
Mary Treen ...
Bob's Comedienne Friend
Mary Russell ...
Bob's Friend at the Pekin
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Mrs. Davis - the Landlady
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Storyline

Joan's parents want her to marry young Travis, but Joan has no interest in him. So on New Years Eve, she goes out to a club where she meets Bob. Things click and she rents an apartment in the city so that she can date Bob and he will not know that she is RICH. He works for the Peerless Window Cleaners, but hopes to soon have his own window cleaning company. The problems between Bob and Joan start when he see's Joan getting a check from an older man and also finds that she does not stay in her apartment after he drops her off. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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27 October 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Felicidade pela Frente  »

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Quotes

Joan Bradford: Mother's run my life long enough! I'm 21, I'm white, and I've a right to be free!
Henry Bradford: What are you going to do about it... sit here and mope?
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Crazy Credits

Quite unusually for this era, there's a short pre-credit sequence: a complete refrain of the title song is sung before the main title card is shown. The First National logo zooms toward us out of clouds (just as the WB logo more familiarly does) then Dick Powell is superimposed over the same clouds singing "Happiness Ahead" directly to us. See more »

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Version of Here Comes Happiness (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Pop! Goes Your Heart
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by Dick Powell
Reprised by Powell with music from a radio
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29 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dick Powell and Josephine Hutchinson star in "Happiness Ahead," a 1934 film featuring John Halliday, Allan Jenkins, Frank McHugh, and directed by Mervyn LeRoy.

This is a typical class system comedy, common in the 1930s, in which a rich girl, Joan Bradford (Hutchinson) poses as a poor one and meets a window washer, Bob Lane (Powell). The usual complications arise.

This film is a cut above, thanks to the beautiful singing of Dick Powell, as well as his boyish charm. Powell became success as a serious actor and producer, so my generation was not familiar with his early persona. He's marvelous, and overall, he was so multi-talented, he's probably underrated today.

Frank McHugh gives a lively performance as Bob's best friend.

What I loved about this movie were some of the prices given -- a New Year's Eve Chinese dinner for four, plus floor show, was $12.00 and was considered "the damage." It took three years for Bob to raise $700; and to start his own business would be $2000. There was also a shot of a suitcase -- everyone had this particular suitcase, beige with brown and white stripes down the middle.

Very enjoyable.


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