Happiness Ahead (1934)

Approved  |   |  Musical, Comedy, Romance  |  27 October 1934 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 165 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 3 critic

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.



(screen play), (screen play), 1 more credit »
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dames (1934)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Multi-millionaire Ezra Ounce wants to start a campaign against 'filthy' forms of entertainment, like Broadway-Shows. He comes to his relatives families and makes them members of his ... See full summary »

Directors: Ray Enright, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Loretta Dalrymple, a homely young country girl comes to New York City and gets a job as a chambermaid in a large hotel. She meets Ed Olson, a photographer out of work, and Dan Riley, a ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Marion Davies, Pat O'Brien, Dick Powell
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the Mohave Desert, Olga runs a gas station, lunch counter, and auto camp with her younger sister Myra. In a 24-hour period, Olga must deal with Myra's desire to go to a town dance with a... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Aline MacMahon, Ann Dvorak, Preston Foster
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A financially-strapped charter pilot hires himself to an oil tycoon to kidnap his madcap daughter and prevent her from marrying a vapid band leader.

Director: William Keighley
Stars: James Cagney, Bette Davis, Stuart Erwin
Tugboat Annie (1933)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Waterfront couple raise their son to be a sea captain. He grows up to be rather snotty and rebels against drunken Beery. Valiant Dressler keeps things moving even as hubby ruins their ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Robert Young
Sweet Adeline (1934)
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In 1898, composer Sid Barnett manages to get his sweetheart, Adeline the beer-garden singer, to sing the lead in his new Broadway operetta; this infuriates Elysia, the erstwhile star. But ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Irene Dunne, Donald Woods, Hugh Herbert
Hi, Nellie! (1934)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The managing editor for a newspaper, in hot water with his boss, is demoted to writing the "Nellie Nelson" heart throb column, where he gets the unexpected opportunity to crack a major story.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Ned Sparks
Tea for Two (1950)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In this reworking of "No, No, Nanette," wealthy heiress Nanette Carter bets her uncle $25,000 that she can say "no" to everything for 48 hours. If she wins, she can invest the money in a ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler
Stars: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Gene Nelson
Gambling Lady (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Lady Lee, gambler's daughter, plies her trade while pondering the proposal of a social-register suitor.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Pat O'Brien
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An ambitious farmer becomes a pioneer in the meat packing business, finding financial success but private disappointment over the course of many decades.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Paul Muni, Mary Astor, Aline MacMahon
Hot Saturday (1932)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A pretty but virtuous small-town bank clerk is the victim of a vicious rumor from an unsuccessful suitor that she spent the night with a notorious womanizer.

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Cary Grant, Nancy Carroll, Randolph Scott
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An American, working for his oil company in China, disregards all but the company's interests. " The characters and the institution portrayed in the story are not actual but the product of ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Josephine Hutchinson, Jean Muir


Complete credited cast:
Josephine Hutchinson ...
Henry Bradford
Ruth Donnelly ...
Dorothy Dare ...
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
Mrs. Davis - the Landlady


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

27 October 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En pos de la ventura  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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?
See more »

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 »


Remade as Love and Learn (1947) See more »


Melody in F
(1852) (uncredited)
Music by Anton Rubinstein
Played by the chamber orchestra at the party
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A pleasant little romance with a bit too much singing for my taste.
18 September 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

During the 1930s, Dick Powell played a lot of similar roles--the fresh-faced young man who sings some very high-pitched but pleasant songs. The public adored it...and Powell hated it and wanted meatier, tougher roles. In my opinion, he was right and his tough- guy roles are my favorites. As for the guy he plays in "Happiness Ahead", it's pretty much the typical 30s Powell film.

Joan (Josephine Hutchinson) is a rich, pampered society girl. However, she's vaguely dissatisfied about this and longs for fun in her life...something sorely lacking at her boring high-brow parties. So, she decides to slum it and goes on on New Years Eve to see how the normal folks live and celebrate. There she meets nice-guy, Bob (Powell) and they soon start dating. She's very happy but he has no idea she's loaded.

This plot is awfully familiar in the 1930s. You would have thought that films would have avoided the whole bored rich girl angle--after all, it WAS the Depression and many folks were just happy to get enough to eat! But despite this, films like "Five and Ten" and "Poor Little Rich Girl" and this one were pretty common. This isn't necessarily a complaint but does mean that the film isn't exactly original.

So is it any good? Well, most of the songs were pretty forgettable but I liked the one Powell and Frank McHugh sang as they washed windows as well as the weird number in the bizarre Chinese restaurant/night club near the beginning of the picture. I personally just hoped they'd end soon so they could get back to the romance--which was rather cute and enjoyable. Deep? No way...but cute.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD now available directly from Warner Home Video! simonhowson
Discuss Happiness Ahead (1934) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: