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Joy of Living (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 6 May 1938 (USA)
Broadway star Margaret Garrett has spent her whole life working to support her sponging relatives. When she meets carefree Dan Webster, she learns how to have fun for the first time.

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Jean Dixon ...
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Eric Blore ...
Potter
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Warren Hymer ...
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Bert Pine
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Estelle Steiner ...
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Marie
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Mac
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Broadway star Margaret Garrett has spent her whole life working to support her sponging relatives. When she meets carefree Dan Webster, she learns how to have fun for the first time. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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WHEN IRENE SWINGS AND FLINGS AND SINGS, YOU LISTEN WITH YOUR HEART! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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When Bert greets his parents-in-law at breakfast, he says, "Morning Ma!" to his mother-in-law, then "Hello Kibbee!" to his father-in-law Dennis Garret, played by Guy Kibbee. See more »

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Margaret 'Maggie' Garret: I want another piece of beer.
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Wiener Blut (Viennese Blood), Op.354
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Light entertainment starring Dunne and Fairbanks Jr.
2 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Irene Dunne is glamorous Maggie Garret, famous Broadway star, who is supporting her family in "Joy of Living," a 1938 comedy also starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Alice Brady, Jean Dixon, Guy Kibbee, Lucille Ball, and Eric Blore. When Dunne meets the wealthy, carefree Dan Webster, he tries to show her what it's like to have fun and also to convince her that her family is freeloading off of her.

This film is so lightweight it practically drifts upward. Dunne sings the same song at least 40 times (or it felt like it), "Just Let Me Look at You." It was okay the first time; after that, you longed for another number. Dunne was adept at both comedy and drama, and she sang well. In comedy, she had the knack of appearing to have a good time and of improvising (which in "The Awful Truth," she was). I loved her scene in the courtroom when the judge says a respected person can be the parole officer/civilian guardian for Dan Webster, whom she has accused of stalking her. "You must know lots of important people," she says. Webster shakes his head. "The only one I know is you." Dunne purses her lips and, frustrated, says under her breath, "What a pity," while it never occurs to her that she's being set up. The roller skating sequence is very funny; the scene in the bar goes on a little too long.

Fairbanks, a very versatile and charming actor, is lively and attractive as Dan. Lucille Ball has a small role as Maggie's whiny sister/understudy. As Maggie's mother, Alice Brady is quite dramatic and overblown, as she tended to be, having come from the stage. However, Brady was an excellent actress, and her acting was appropriate for the role.

Nothing special, and I would submit that in order to enjoy it, you have to be a fan of Irene Dunne's.


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