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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)  »

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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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Billy works his work up in the Navy through the film. When he is first seen, he is a Leading Seaman/ Rate having a 3rd Class Quarters Rating in Gunnery. At Reg's wedding, he is now a Petty Officer, with 2 stripes (chevrons) indicating 10 Years Good Conduct, and is still working in Gunnery. When he comes to tell the Gibbons, he has found Queenie, he is now a Sub-Lieutenant, having made the transition from the ranks to the Officer Class. See more »

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When the furniture is being taken into the kitchen in the opening scenes an extra is reflected in the glass of the kitchen door just after Sylvia enters with the groceries. See more »

Quotes

Ethel Gibbons: There will always be wars as long as men are such fools as to want to go to them.
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"This is the story of a London family from 1919 to 1939." See more »

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Features The Broadway Melody (1929) See more »

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Over There
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Written by George M. Cohan
Heard during the Victory Parade
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A gem
29 June 2001 | by (northerncoast, USA) – See all my reviews

Whether or not, one agrees with the "truth or morality" of Noel Coward's ennobling view of the British "bourgeois" from 1919-1939, the acting and direction in "This Happy Breed", are superb, and what a cast. I think the notion of sacrifice, pride, and work ethic, might have easily been written about many similar low and middle income families in America from Brooklyn to San Francisco, during the same period, as it was portrayed in the equally, excellent film, "Best Years of our Lives" (1946)




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