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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 »
Genre:
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:
Fantastic, Mesmerising history lesson 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)

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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Language:
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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
David Lean offered Robert Donat the role of Frank Gibbons.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the opening sequence (DVD Timing at 2.30) the bathroom window opens out to the right. Later when Reg opens to 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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Features The Broadway Melody (1929)See more »
Soundtrack:
Over ThereSee more »

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36 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic, Mesmerising history lesson, 16 August 2002
Author: Mike H. (Marxbr1027@aol.com) from Derbyshire

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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