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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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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 swelling orchestral fanfare which plays over the film's final shots is based around the main theme of the then-popular patriotic song London Pride - a song written and most notably recorded by Noël Coward, the film's producer and author of the play upon which the film is based. 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: [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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Features The Broadway Melody (1929) See more »

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A Life on the Ocean Wave
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Lyrics by Epes Sargent
Music by Henry Russell
Heard during the Victory Parade
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small-scale London between the wars
12 August 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – 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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