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Happy Land (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 10 November 1943 (USA)
In a typical American Midwestern city, Hartfield, Iowa, Lew Marsh (Don Ameche) is the owner of a drugstore. Everyone knows Lew and knew his grandfather, old "Gramp" Marsh (Harry Carey), who... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lenore Prentiss
Gretchen Barry
Russell 'Rusty' Marsh
Anton 'Tony' Cavrek (as Henry Morgan)
Minor Watson ...
Judge Colvin
Peter Orcutt
William Weber ...
Bill Beecher
Oscar O'Shea ...
Father Case
James West ...
Rusty - Ages 12 to 16
Larry Olsen ...
Rusty - Age 5
Bernard Thomas ...
Sam Kendall
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ...
Mrs. Schneider


In a typical American Midwestern city, Hartfield, Iowa, Lew Marsh (Don Ameche) is the owner of a drugstore. Everyone knows Lew and knew his grandfather, old "Gramp" Marsh (Harry Carey), who had passed on. One evening, Lew and his wife, Agnes (Frances Dee), reminisce lovingly about their son, "Rusty" (Richard Crane), when a telegram arrive from the Navy Department informing them that "Rusty" had been killed in action. Lew becomes bitter, avoids people, refuses to go near the family drugstore. "Gramp" appears before Lew and takes him in hand and together, they revisit the past: Lew's childhood; "Gramp" as a Civil War veteran; Lew's courtship of Agnes; the birth of "Rusty"; Lew as a WW! soldier; Rusty's boyhood days and into his attempt to decide between Lenore Prentiss and Gretchen Barry, and how Lenore becomes his bride just before he joins the Navy. This excursion into the past takes away Lew's bitterness and he now sees what America means. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Romance | War


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Release Date:

10 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Filho Querido  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Feature film debut of Natalie Wood. See more »


Referenced in Book Revue (1946) See more »


You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Rusty introduces himself to Gretchen
Also played when they're dancing and occasionally in the score
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Great movie - they don't make em like this anymore
12 December 2001 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

I thought this was a wonderfully nostalgic movie. The acting is well done, and the end is just a real tear-jerker. It brings back the feelings that I believe really did exist in WWII, right down to the fateful trip the girl from Western Union had to make to deliver the telegram that said his son died. Excitement, no. A few laughs, yes. Great nostelgic drama with a good story line.

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