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The Happy Years (1950)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Sport  |  7 July 1950 (USA)
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Based on a collection of stories with the focus on young John Humperkink "Dink" Stover, a student at the Lawrenceville Prepatory School, in 1896, whose family, in Eastcester, New York, have... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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'Tough' McCarty
Scotty Beckett ...
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Samuel H. Stover - Sr.
Margalo Gillmore ...
Maude Stover
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The Old Roman
Donn Gift ...
Big Man' / 'Hungry Smead
Peter M. Thompson ...
Samuel 'Sambo' H. Stover Jr. (as Peter Thompson)
Jerry Mickelsen ...
'Cheyenne' Baxter
Mason Alan Dinehart ...
Coffee Colored Angel (as Alan Dinehart III)
David Bair ...
White Mountain Canary
Danny Mummert ...
'Butsey' White
Eddie LeRoy ...
'Polar' Beckstein
George Chandler ...
Johnny
Claudia Barrett ...
Miss Dolly Travers
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Based on a collection of stories with the focus on young John Humperkink "Dink" Stover, a student at the Lawrenceville Prepatory School, in 1896, whose family, in Eastcester, New York, have just about given up on his education because he is an incorrigible student. He gets into one situation after another and incurs the dislike of his classmates, who think he is cowardly but he changes their opinion when he challenges several of them to a fight. When he returns home for the summer, he meets Miss Dolly Travers and increases his 'hatred of women' because she does not accept his schoolboy pranks. Back at school, in the fall, he is more difficult than ever until his philosophy is changed by a teacher. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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7 July 1950 (USA)  »

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The Adventures of Young Dink Stover  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A nostalgic boyhood saga, filmed in Technicolor by MGM, with a distinguished director, William A. Wellman, this picture failed to net a contemporary New York Times review. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double for Dean Stockwell in the football tryout scene. See more »

Quotes

The Old Roman: I have in the course of my experience as a teacher had to deal with imbeciles, had to deal with near idiots, but for sheer monumental asininity I have never met the equal of this aggregation.
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My favorite childhood movie
30 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I remember, as a little guy, stumbling across this movie one summer afternoon on the local TV channel. I then waited for it to show up again, which it did a couple more times. It never came out on VHS or DVD, but I was lucky enough to buy the 16mm MGM reels at an estate sale. I hadn't seen the movie for 35 years, and had a great time showing it to my children. The movie has many small, seemingly insignificant moments that together create characters we can't help but care about: the wash basin, the toothpick, "Follow the Esplanade", gerund vs. gerundive, the ear, "Maude Adams", the goal posts (before and after), the pancakes. When Dink has his last talk with The Old Roman, the story's true meaning hits us like a McCarty tackle. This is a wonderful movie.


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