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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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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 »

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When Bob and Frank are talking in their opening scenes it appears that Frank's words have been changed since filming. 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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A Life on the Ocean Wave
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Lyrics by Epes Sargent
Music by Henry Russell
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British family life
16 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have been a big fan of David Leans films, but this little gem passed me by for many years until I watched the film recently on DVD. Like the Huggett series of films depicting the family life of the British in the 1940's this film shows the serious side of life, The daughter wanting a better class of life, the death of the only son, love, the sarcastic remarks from grandma all adds up to a funny but a serious side of British life in the dark days before the 2nd world war. Truly a very emotional film, after being told about the death of their son, the visual shock on Ceila Johnson and Robert Newtons face said it all. A very simple film, but 62 years on after its release, it documents how the British saw their life's in what at times were difficult times.


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