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Invitation to Happiness (1939)

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An egotistical boxer romances a rich backer's daughter.

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Albert 'King' Cole
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Henry 'Pop' Hardy
Billy Cook ...
Albert Cole Jr.
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Mr. Wayne
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Lola Snow
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Trainer Pop Hardy thinks his heavyweight boxer 'King' Cole could be champ...some day; he wants to sell a half interest in Cole to his rich friend Wayne. Wayne's daughter Eleanor is disdainful, but brash Cole manages to get under her skin. Can a society dame and a mug find happiness together? And can she wait for his slow rise to fame? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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17 July 1939 (Sweden)  »

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Convite à Felicidade  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 23, 1939 with Fred MacMurray reprising his film role. See more »

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Fred MacMurray and Irene Dunne
24 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly effective story about bullheaded boxer (Fred MacMurray) and the society girl (Irene Dunne) who fall in love but then face some hard times.

The two stars are top-notch and turn in solid performances even when the material goes astray and the story turns soapy. Dunne is warm and gracious as always and makes the most of the comedy here; MacMurray is excellent as the goofy fighter determined to be world champ. His final fight scenes are among the best and most realistic I've seen.

Solid support from William Collier as Dunne's wise father and Charlie Ruggles as the wary fight manager. Billy Cook is the son, Marion Martin the the blonde, Virginia Brissac is the nurse, Oscar O'Shea is the judge.

But the stars here dominate this film. I've always been a big Irene Dunne fan but I must say I'm gaining a whole new vision of Fred MacMurray. Having grown up with "My Three Sons," it's amazing to see the young MacMurray in a variety of solid 30s roles (many with Carole Lombard).

Excellent film with something for everyone.


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