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This Happy Breed (1944)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  12 April 1947 (USA)
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Noel Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after WWI the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. An ordinary sort of life is led by the ... See full summary »

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Noel Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after WWI the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. An ordinary sort of life is led by the family through the years with average number of triumphs and disasters until the outbreak of WWII. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Comedy | Drama

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12 April 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heureux mortels  »

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£200,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The title 'This Happy Breed' is taken from a monologue of John of Gaunt's in William Shakespeare's "Richard II", act II, scene i, which is widely renowned for its stirring pro-Anglicism. It reads, in part, 'This happy breed of men, this little world, / This precious stone set in the silver sea, / Which serves it in the office of a wall, / Or as a moat defensive to a house, / Against the envy of less happier lands, / This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.' See more »

Goofs

You can see the camera and the focus puller's hand (DVD Timing at 13.51) in the reflection of the window as the camera pulls out of the 'Ticklers Tours of the Battlefields' shop front. See more »

Quotes

Frank Gibbons: She didn't pass on, pass over, or pass out! She died!
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Crazy Credits

"This is the story of a London family from 1919 to 1939." See more »

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Written by George M. Cohan
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A brilliant funny film
3 July 2003 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

One of the best films made in the 40's. One of those films you can watch over and over and still laugh, although there is a serious side to the plot, which works well. I especially I liked the digs between the grandmother (Mrs Flint) and the Aunt Silvia. Brilliant dialogue and acting by all concerned. Great...


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