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This Happy Breed (1944)

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

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References Desert Love (1920) See more »

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Rule Britannia
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Lyrics by James Thomson
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Sung by Frank and Bob coming home after their reunion
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Fantastic, Mesmerising history lesson
16 August 2002 | by (Derbyshire) – See all my reviews

This film by David Lean takes us on a journey from 1919 after the First World war towards into WW2. But focuses not on the fighting, but on the home front, and the effects of a changing world.

I love this films ability to take you along with the day to day routine of a large, close knit family. Youre there with their smiles and tears then then in an instant you feel the heartache of their tragedy.

Robert Newton has never been better - a truly mesmerising performance. Forget Long John Silver (although another very fine performance).

The rest of the cast are a brilliant complement to Robert Newton. John Mills is on top form in a cameo performance.

Did David Lean ever make a bad film?

The only down side to the film is you see how great the British Film Industry once was, and now its virtually gone.




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