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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
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Bert Pine
Dorothy Steiner ...
Dotsy Pine
Estelle Steiner ...
Betsy Pine
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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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THAT MAD NIGHT AT THE RINK WHEN SHE FELL AND BROKE HER PROMISE! (IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?) (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Alegria de Viver  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Margaret 'Maggie' Garret: [looking at her maid under the steam ] Do you have to stay all day and smoke that thing?
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Referenced in The Public Eye (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

What's Good About Good Night?
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Irene Dunne in the finale of the show "Glamour"
Reprised by her in a radio broadcast
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An Ecstatic Little Musical Comedy Pageant With Unabashedly Lighthearted Silliness
23 October 2008 | by (Cincinnati, OH, United States) – See all my reviews

This ecstatic little musical comedy pageant must sport the highest level of springy, rambunctious, impromptu optimism of any film, right down to the lighthearded silliness of the whole movie which, at the same time one can feel underwhelmed by it, the filmmakers are holding true to the spirit of its characters, allowing no room for ardor of any kind.

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.'s supposedly self-styled sprawlingly open and adaptable stream-of- consciousness maverick is not a very good person. In spite of guiding the always outstanding maven of feminine supremacy Irene Dunne to break free of her oppressive, controlling family, he is oppressive and controlling, too. He is essentially a stalker whose influence on his object of fondness (no description of anything regarding this film could get more passionate than that) causes her to reciprocate. This, however, is no matter, because by means of the movie's completely detached, carefree spirit, it doesn't matter what he's like.

Joy of Living's philosophy seems to border on reckless, Fairbanks and gradually Dunne feeling overly optimistic and expansive, disregarding the resulting difficulty with commitment and trustworthiness as the itch for fun and free-flowing unpredictability of events call the shots. But it's a perfectly cast film with hilarious scenes featuring a fat German man dancing.


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