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This Happy Breed (1944)

Not Rated | | 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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Mrs. Flint
Alison Leggatt ...
Aunt Sylvia
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Billy Mitchell
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Queenie
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Reg
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Sam Leadbitter
Betty Fleetwood ...
Phyllis Blake
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Edie
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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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Billy works his way 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

In the opening sequence (DVD Timing at 2.30), the bathroom window opens out to the right. Later, when Reg opens the window to talk to his father who is in the garden (DVD Timing at 46.35), the window opens out to the left. Then during the closing sequence, the window reverts to being open to the right. 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 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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Bird of Love Divine
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Music by Haydn Wood
Lyrics by Kathleen Birch
Performed by Alison Leggatt at piano
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small-scale London between the wars
12 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

London between the wars, as seen by a couple of old soldier comrades from 1914-18. Robert Newton is one of them, married to an odd-accented Celia Johnson, with troublesome kids and a spinster relation to support. Stanley Holloway is the other and somehow is the father of the ubiquitous John Mills.

Noel Coward and David Lean worked together to bring their saga into our hearts and minds, as we rejoice in the good times and empathise with the bad ones. It may be hokum, but some of it works.

The best scenes are the quiet ones - especially the scene without dialogue where mum and dad react to bad news. Newton and Johnson also have considerable rapport in their scenes which works well.


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