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Happiness Ahead (1934)

Approved  |   |  Musical, Comedy, Romance  |  27 October 1934 (USA)
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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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Josephine Hutchinson ...
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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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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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Felicidade pela Frente  »

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Bob Lane: [angrily to Joan as he leaves] You know, I'm pretty goodabout that cheating business myself! And all that junk I fed you about being in love with ya was just a lot of conversation! Give me a buzzz if you want some windows washed! I'm goin' into business! You know, you may not look so bad from the outside!
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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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Remade as Love and Learn (1947) See more »

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Massaging Window Panes
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Sung by Dick Powell and Frank McHugh
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"So Dream On For Love Is Bound To See Us Through"
25 October 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Not only did Dick Powell get a hit film from Warner Brothers with Happiness Ahead, but he got a radio theme song as long as he was concentrating on musicals.

Breaking tradition somewhat, the film opens with Powell singing the title song Happiness Ahead. For the next several years until Powell was doing the dramatic parts he wanted, the song Happiness Ahead served as his theme song in the same way that Where The Blue Of The Night was Bing Crosby's theme. But the film didn't end here.

Happiness Ahead is a typical Depression Era film with either a poor shop girl falling for some young millionaire playboy or in this case the other way around. Josephine Hutchinson plays the young débutante who is bored to tears with her society peers and goes out with maid Ruth Donnelly and chauffeur Allen Jenkins one night. At a night club she meets Dick Powell who charms her with a couple of other songs Beauty Must Be Loved and Pop Goes Your Heart.

He's a dispatcher for a window washing company and looking to form a company of his own with pal Frank McHugh. Powell doesn't know about Josephine's big bucks and she wants to keep it that way for the moment, but maybe help him on the sly.

Of course this leads to all kinds of complications, business and romantic, but in true Hollywood style it all gets resolved in the end.

One role I found especially interesting is that of Russell Hicks who plays a grafting politician who has the necessary contacts to get Powell the jobs he needs. We pay him off first before anything else happens. It was an extremely true and insightful role coming from a film that the workingman's studio of Warner Brothers made.

John Halliday also has a good part as Hutchinson's father. He made it the hard way himself and secretly appreciates what Josephine wants in a man.

So if you like Dick Powell the singer as well as Dick Powell the hardboiled noir star, Happiness Ahead will make you very happy indeed.


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