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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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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Bob and Frank are talking in their opening scenes it appears that Frank's words have been changed since filming. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: After four long years of war, the men are coming home.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Version of This Happy Breed (1969) See more »

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For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
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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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