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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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Gramp
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Lenore Prentiss
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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 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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Feature film debut of Natalie Wood. See more »

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Referenced in Book Revue (1946) See more »

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This movie is a slightly corny, yet warm and lovely gem...
10 May 2006 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie and I highly suggest you catch this movie if you can. If for the very least, to see Harry Morgan (aka the crusty Col. Potter from TV's M*A*S*H) back when he was just a kid at 28 years old.

The other reason is it's a sweet and warm story of a small town family and how it deals with post WWII. The film's cinematography is a vivid Hallmark card of 1940s Americana.

There's a really tender scene where Morgan, a recent vet from the war, helps Don Ameche, the father of a fellow soldier stock the shelves of Ameche's Pharmacy. The art direction of this film is amazing as well.

Also look for Morgan as the mysterious bad guy in "The Big Clock" circa 1948 with Ray Milland which has an analagous plot line to "No Way Out" with Kevin Costner.


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