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Happy Land (1943)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  10 November 1943 (USA)
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In a typical American Midwestern city, Hartfield, Iowa, Lew March (Don Ameche) if 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:
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Frances Dee ...
Agnes Marsh
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Gramp
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Lenore Prentiss
Cara Williams ...
Gretchen Barry
Richard Crane ...
Russell 'Rusty' Marsh
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Anton 'Tony' Cavrek (as Henry Morgan)
Minor Watson ...
Judge Colvin
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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
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In a typical American Midwestern city, Hartfield, Iowa, Lew March (Don Ameche) if 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 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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Feature film debut of Natalie Wood. See more »

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Referenced in Book Revue (1946) See more »

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Wedding March
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from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played after the wedding
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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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