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This Happy Breed
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Director:
Writers:
David Lean (adaptation)
Anthony Havelock-Allan (adaptation)
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Release Date:
12 April 1947 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
British family life See more (40 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Newton ... Frank Gibbons
Celia Johnson ... Ethel Gibbons
Amy Veness ... Mrs. Flint
Alison Leggatt ... Aunt Sylvia

Stanley Holloway ... Bob Mitchell

John Mills ... Billy Mitchell
Kay Walsh ... Queenie Gibbons
Eileen Erskine ... Vi
John Blythe ... Reg Gibbons
Guy Verney ... Sam Leadbitter
Betty Fleetwood ... Phyllis Blake
Merle Tottenham ... Edie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Charles King ... Himself (uncredited) (archive footage)

Bessie Love ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Laurence Olivier ... Narrator (uncredited)

Anita Page ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
David Lean 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Noel Coward  play (uncredited)
Anthony Havelock-Allan  adaptation
David Lean  adaptation
Ronald Neame  adaptation

Produced by
Noel Coward .... producer
Ronald Neame .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Muir Mathieson (uncredited)
Clifton Parker (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ronald Neame (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Harris 
 
Art Direction by
C.P. Norman 
 
Makeup Department
Tony Sforzini .... makeup artist
Vivienne Walker .... hair stylist
Marjorie Whittle .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Anthony Havelock-Allan .... in charge of production
Kenneth Horne .... production manager (as Ken Horne)
Jack Martin .... production manager
Robert C. Foord .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Pollock .... assistant director
Tony Hearne .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
G.E. Calthrop .... artistic supervisor: Mr. Coward
Harold Hurdell .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Arthur Lawson .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cook .... sound recordist (as John Cooke)
Desmond Dew .... sound recordist
C.C. Stevens .... sound recordist
Cyril Crowhurst .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
Roy Day .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Walter R. Day .... assistant sound (uncredited)
Percy Dayton .... boom operator (uncredited)
Anthony J. Kay .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Gus Lloyd .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Gordon K. McCallum .... boom operator (uncredited)
George Paternoster .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Winston Ryder .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Alan Whatley .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
W. Percy Day .... special effects (as Percy Day)
George Blackwell .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
George Blackwell .... models (uncredited)
Charles Staffell .... back projection (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Green .... camera operator
Dennis Bartlett .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Jim Body .... focus puller (uncredited)
B. Francke .... camera operator (uncredited)
David Lytton .... clapper loader (uncredited)
George Minassian .... focus puller (uncredited)
Eugene H.E. Pizey .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hilda Collins .... dress supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Margery Saunders .... assembly cutter (uncredited)
Norah Walsh .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Muir Mathieson .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joan Bridge .... associate technicolor colour director
Harold Haysom .... technician: for the Technicolor Company
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Paddy Arnold .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
Germany:105 min | USA:115 min | UK:114 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1996) | USA:Approved

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Trivia:
The comment early in the film about the cat and buttering its paws comes from a technique used when a cat moves house. According to this, if the cat has butter on its paws it will stop and lick it off. As cats are very clean creatures, the butter on its paws and the bits of dirt/ dust/ debris that will inevitably stick to it will annoy the cat. The cat will sit down to clean itself and, in doing so, will take in its new surroundings creating a mental map of where its new home is and helping it to make the adjustment to its new surroundings.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Bob and Frank are talking in their opening scenes it appears that Frank's words have been changed since filming.See more »
Quotes:
Frank Gibbons:She didn't pass on, pass over, or pass out! She died!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Overlord (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
For He's A Jolly Good FellowSee more »

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
British family life, 16 October 2006
Author: kenpitcher from United Kingdom

I have been a big fan of David Leans films, but this little gem passed me by for many years until I watched the film recently on DVD. Like the Huggett series of films depicting the family life of the British in the 1940's this film shows the serious side of life, The daughter wanting a better class of life, the death of the only son, love, the sarcastic remarks from grandma all adds up to a funny but a serious side of British life in the dark days before the 2nd world war. Truly a very emotional film, after being told about the death of their son, the visual shock on Ceila Johnson and Robert Newtons face said it all. A very simple film, but 62 years on after its release, it documents how the British saw their life's in what at times were difficult times.

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