MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,732 this week

You Gotta Stay Happy (1948)

6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 431 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 4 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(written for the screen by), (story)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 20 Mar 2011
 
a list of 46 titles
created 28 Apr 2012
 
a list of 458 titles
created 14 Nov 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 07 Jul 2013
 
a list of 47 titles
created 05 Apr 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: You Gotta Stay Happy (1948)

You Gotta Stay Happy (1948) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of You Gotta Stay Happy.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The FBI Story (1959)
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A dedicated FBI agent recalls the agency's battles against the Klan, organized crime and Communist spies.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: James Stewart, Vera Miles, Murray Hamilton
Broken Arrow (1950)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: James Stewart, Jeff Chandler, Debra Paget
Certificate: GP Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An aging cowboy finds to his embarrassment that the successful business he has inherited from his brother is actually a house of prostitution.

Director: Gene Kelly
Stars: James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Shirley Jones
Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A meek tailor thinks his wooing will be helped if he assumes the identity of the famous Casanova...who's deeply in debt.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Bob Hope, Joan Fontaine, Audrey Dalton
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When her husband dies en route to America, Martha Price and her daughter Hilary are left to carry out his dream: the introduction of Hereford cattle into the American West. They enlist Sam ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith
Certificate: Passed Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

President Andrew Jackson's friendship with an innkeeper's daughter spells trouble for them both.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Kent, the unscrupulous boss of Bottleneck has Sheriff Keogh killed when he asks one too many questions about a rigged poker game that gives Kent a stranglehold over the local cattle rangers... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer
Rose-Marie (1936)
Certificate: Passed Musical | Romance | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Opera singer (Marie de Flor) seeks out fugitive brother in the Canadian wilderness. During her trek, she meets a Canadian mountie (Sgt. Bruce) who is also searching for her brother. Romance... See full summary »

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Reginald Owen
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An industrialist (Joseph Cotton) and a pianist (Joan Fontaine) meet on a trip and fall in love. Through a quirk of fate, they are reported dead in a crash though they weren't on the plane. ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Joan Fontaine, Joseph Cotten, Françoise Rosay
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The wife of a publishing executive mistakenly believes that her husband's relationship with his attractive secretary is more than professional.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy
Certificate: Passed Thriller | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A bounty hunter trying to bring a murderer to justice is forced to accept the help of two less-than-trustworthy strangers.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A newspaper reporter specializes in murder cases, and we see him working on one of them. But this time there's a surprise ending to it.

Director: Tim Whelan
Stars: Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Virginia Bruce
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Bullets Baker
...
Ralph Tutwiler
Willard Parker ...
Henry Benson
Percy Kilbride ...
Mr. Racknell
Porter Hall ...
Mr. Caslon
Marcy McGuire ...
Georgia Goodrich
Arthur Walsh ...
Milton Goodrich
...
Dick Hebert
Paul Cavanagh ...
Dr. Blucher
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Martin
Fritz Feld ...
Pierre
Stanley Prager ...
Jack Samuels
Frank Jenks ...
Carnival Man
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The screen has never been happier. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 October 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Conquista da Felicidade  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,673,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Robert Rockwell. See more »

Quotes

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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


3 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss You Gotta Stay Happy (1948) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?