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Joy of Living (1938)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  6 May 1938 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dan
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Minerva
Guy Kibbee ...
Dennis
Jean Dixon ...
Harrison
Eric Blore ...
Potter
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Salina
Warren Hymer ...
Mike
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Cafe Owner
Frank Milan ...
Bert Pine
Dorothy Steiner ...
Dotsy Pine
Estelle Steiner ...
Betsy Pine
Phyllis Kennedy ...
Marie
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Orchestra Leader
James Burke ...
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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Live those explosive moments with serene Irene...the girl who couldn't live on ten thousand a week...until a devil of a fellow came along and showed her how to get everything worth having for a dollar eighty-five (original poster) See more »


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6 May 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alegria de Viver  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When Dan flies off the end of 'Crack the Whip' into the seated men, the initial shot shows the men on chairs close to the fence edging the rink but the shots of the crash show the chairs some distance from the fence. See more »

Quotes

Margaret 'Maggie' Garret: But I make $10,000 a week!
Harrison: Ten thousand? Hmm-mm.
[holds up ten fingers, then closes five]
Harrison: That balances Mr. Roosevelt's budget.
[counting off the other fingers]
Harrison: then there's Selena's singing lessons, the twins ballet lessons, Father's stock market contributions, Mother's antiques. The leaves you...
[makes an "o" with her hand]
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References Orphan's Benefit (1934) See more »

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Wiener Blut (Viennese Blood), Op.354
(1873) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauß
Waltz played by the band at the German beer garden and danced by Irene Dunne with Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
and other couples
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If Dunne's singing had been any higher pitched, only dogs would have been able to hear her!
4 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Joy of Living" is an awfully bad film. I know that some other reviewers were pretty positive about this one, but I found it horribly written and, at times, tedious. Part of the problem is also due to Irene Dunne's singing--which is so high-pitched that you wonder if it would soon become impossible for anyone but dogs to hear it!

Dunne plays a successful but highly put upon Broadway star. Not only is her extended family made up of a bunch of spongers, but she has an annoying stalker (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) who continually annoys her. It culminates with him being taken to court for this and the judge (insanely) appoints Dunne to be his probation officer! On what planet does this make sense? What also makes sense is that the film is intended as a romantic-comedy--although what about stalking is romantic or funny, I have no idea! It begs you to question who would think any of this would make sense?! And, given that Dunne was a star, you wonder why she would agree to be in such a bizarre and irrational picture. It would seem to promote stalking as a great way to fall in love and get close to famous women!!

All in all, this is a terribly forced comedy--one that isn't particularly funny and one that marks a low point in the careers of both Dunne and Fairbanks. I cannot understand the positive reviews for such a badly written and horribly contrived film--let alone the insane message that stalking is pretty cool!!!


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