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You Gotta Stay Happy (1948)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  28 October 1948 (USA)
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Indecisive heiress Dee Dee Dillwood is pushed into marrying her sixth fiancée, but unable to face the wedding night, she flees into the adjacent hotel room of commercial pilot Marvin Payne,... See full summary »

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Marvin Payne
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Bullets Baker
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Ralph Tutwiler
Willard Parker ...
Henry Benson
Percy Kilbride ...
Mr. Racknell
Porter Hall ...
Mr. Caslon
Marcy McGuire ...
Georgia Goodrich
Arthur Walsh ...
Milton Goodrich
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Dick Hebert
Paul Cavanagh ...
Dr. Blucher
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Martin
Fritz Feld ...
Pierre
Stanley Prager ...
Jack Samuels
Frank Jenks ...
Carnival Man
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Indecisive heiress Dee Dee Dillwood is pushed into marrying her sixth fiancée, but unable to face the wedding night, she flees into the adjacent hotel room of commercial pilot Marvin Payne, who just wants to sleep. Somehow, she persuades him to take her to California. Her fellow passengers include a chimpanzee, a corpse (in a coffin), an absconding embezzler, and two smoochy newlyweds. Can love be far behind? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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IT HAPPENS up in the Wild Blue Yonder - it gets WILDER as they get FONDER! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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28 October 1948 (USA)  »

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A Conquista da Felicidade  »

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$1,673,000 (estimated)
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Joan Fontaine was pregnant during filming. The script, however, luckily indicated that her character wear a man's leather jacket which conveniently also covered her stomach. See more »

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Dr. Blucher: It's perfect natural for a girl to have doubts before getting married. In your case, certainly it isn't surprising; after all, you've been engaged six times.
Ralph Tutwiler: [interrupting] Officially; if you want the unofficial total, you'll need an adding machine.
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complete fluff--but given Jimmy Stewart's in it, that ain't so bad
17 February 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This movie is certainly not a deep or memorable movie. In fact, I just saw it again for the second time and I had forgotten so much of it--even though I saw if for the first time only a couple years ago.

Jimmy Stewart is the owner of a very tiny freight airline. During a stopover, he is accidentally united with Joan Fontaine who is running from a brand new marriage she hasn't yet consummated to a man she didn't love. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that sooner or later, Stewart and Fontaine will be a couple, though the rest of the movie consists of a series of wacky adventures until the ultimate conclusion.

So why give the movie only an 8? Well, first, Fontaine's character is rather annoying and highly reminiscent of Julie Roberts' character in RUNAWAY BRIDE. Someone that ditsy and self-centered, for me, is a little hard to really care about and you aren't really pulling for the leading man to take this shallow woman. Secondly, and more importantly, the movie has way too many contrived and "wacky" subplots--a guy running off with his company's funds, the chimpanzee who loved Fontaine and smokes cigars, the Southern-fried humor supplied by the young couple from Georgia, etc. It just seemed REALLY, REALLY contrived. Plus, the dialog itself was rather forced.

So, overall it's just an adequate film--best enjoyed by old movie and Jimmy Stewart buffs.


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