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The Pursuit of Happiness (1934)

Lederer is a Hessian soldier who defects to the Americans during the Revolutionary War.He falls in love with a Yankee girl, but a thuggish local militiaman jealously makes things hard for him while he's a prisoner of war.

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Lederer is a Hessian soldier who defects to the Americans during the Revolutionary War.He falls in love with a Yankee girl, but a thuggish local militiaman jealously makes things hard for him while he's a prisoner of war.

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28 September 1934 (USA)  »

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Den kärleken - Den kärleken  »

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Comedy in the time of George Washington
23 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

That rarest of birds, a Revolutionary War comedy.

Lederer is for once in his American career cast sensibly as a Hessian soldier conscripted into service who comes over to the patriots side but runs into multiple problems with the natives along the way. He happens upon the household of a tippling farmer, her bossy wife, their fair daughter and saucy serving girl. During his pursuit of the daughter he crosses swords, figuratively, with a blowhard militia man who is interested in her as well and the self righteous reverend of the community.

Pleasant story is buoyed by the presence of expert comic actors Charlie Ruggles and Mary Boland as the parents of the young lass who catches Lederer's eye, a lovely and very blonde Joan Bennett.

Hard to find but a pleasure to watch if you happen upon it.


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