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The Happy Years (1950)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 7 July 1950 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
'Tough' McCarty
Samuel H. Stover - Sr.
Maude Stover
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
Claudia Barrett ...
Miss Dolly Travers


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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Release Date:

7 July 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Young Dink Stover  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Filmed (at least in part) on location at the The Lawrenceville School, where the real story takes place. MGM dug up the paved paths around the school to make it look like it did during the time of the story. Most of the school looks the same still today with only a few building added over the last century. See more »


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


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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Referenced in The Lawrenceville Stories (1986) See more »

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Super cast and story - a classic slice of teen Americana
26 August 2001 | by (huntington beach, ca) – See all my reviews

Great Dean Stockwell coming of age, and this is one of his best roles.

Stockwell plays a rebellious, wisecracking schoolboy at odds with the world. The film captures a slice of early 20th century Americana through precocious teens at prep school discovering sports, academia, and of course, girls. Funny and touching, with a great cast and story that even connects today. Leo G. Carroll as a nemesis teacher is excellent, and the antics of the "Tennessee Shad" are still being copied in similar themed films.

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