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This Happy Breed (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 12 April 1947 (USA)
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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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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At the start of the scene where Queenie leaves her farewell letter, starting with a shot of rain on the pavement, a couple of bars from the song "Would You Like To Take A Walk?" are heard. This song was made popular by (among others), Annette Hanshaw, and Al Bowlly, who both recorded it in 1931. It originally appeared in the musical "Sweet and Low" There is no screen credit. See more »

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As Ethel and Queenie move the box of dishes into the kitchen, the shadow of a boom microphone is clearly visible in the kitchen door frame. See more »

Quotes

Frank Gibbons: [at the Wembley exhibition] I brought them here to see the glories of Empire, and all they think about is going on the dodgems...
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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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Up there with the very best. Wonderful !
5 November 2004 | by (Peterborough, England) – See all my reviews

This film caught me completely unawares. I had never heard of it until it presented itself on daytime television one afternoon. I really dislike this type of film, as I find most of the time is spent on mediocre happenings in predictable situations. (Ordinary peoples lives are very boring). I was therefore amazed at the fact that I couldn't leave it, Maybe it's because I am getting older or maybe the people in this film reminded me of the adults of the 1950's when I was a child.

The acting is absolutely superb, you really believe in this family and the ups and downs of their lives. The direction of David Lean polishes the excellent cast performance, what more can I say ! ......Fantastic.....


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