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

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1.37 : 1
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David Lean's first film in color. 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

Frank Gibbons: [putting down the newspaper] Well, they're cutting down the navy, and they're cutting down the army. The only thing they don't seem to be cutting down is the unemployed!
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"This is the story of a London family from 1919 to 1939." See more »

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References The Broadway Melody (1929) See more »

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For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung by the crowd to the Prime Minister
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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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