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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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Minerva Garret
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Dennis Garret
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Harrison
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Potter
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Salina Pine
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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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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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Alegria de Viver  »

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Trivia

Maggie Garret's car is a 1938 Cadillac Limousine. See more »

Goofs

When Maggie pursues Dan through the freight boxes, a man pushing an unladen trolley appears in front of Maggie despite not being seen in the shots of Dan. See more »

Quotes

Dennis: Ah, my dear, I've been drinking for over forty years and I've never acquired the habit yet.
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Referenced in The Public Eye (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

You Couldn't Be Cuter
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Irene Dunne to her own accompaniment on a midget piano (uncredited), Dorothy Steiner,
Estelle Steiner, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., James Burke and John Qualen in various scenes
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Irene Dunne is an "Angel"!
10 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite actress Irene Dunne's movies I haven't seen so when someone put it on YouTube, I watched it immediately. While I found it bright and breezy, I kept wondering what a better film it would have been if Leo McCarey had directed it and if Cary Grant had co-starred. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. seems a little lightweight acting opposite Irene Dunne. She carries the whole picture. There are so many famous characters actors in this film, Guy Kibbee for example, who are simply window dressing. Only Jean Dixon stands out. It's not a bad film, just an under-developed one. It's refreshing to see Irene Dunne let go and enjoy herself as her character Maggie embraces the "Joy of Living" for the first time. She seems very natural here, especially in her interactions with "Mike" her chauffeur, maybe how the real day-to-day Irene was. I really liked her rendition of Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields's "Just Let Me Look at You" sung in the back of her limousine. It was warm and heartfelt and not as shrill and high-pitched as many of her movie musical numbers up to that time.


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