The Happy Years (1950)

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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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Complete credited cast:
'Tough' McCarty
Scotty Beckett ...
Samuel H. Stover - Sr.
Margalo Gillmore ...
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
George Chandler ...
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 <>

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Release Date:

7 July 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Young Dink Stover  »

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(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 »


John Humperdink 'Dink' Stover: Well old sport, ta-ta. Good luck. Hope you sell out your line.
The Old Roman: Thanks. Don't forget about the ginger. Sock it to them.
John Humperdink 'Dink' Stover: Well old cockywax. Put this in your pipe and smoke it. I'm gonna own this school.
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Edited into The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

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Great innocent fun
11 March 2002 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

I love this movie - but then I loved the book "The Lawrenceville Stories" that it was based on. The scene when Dink falls in love is graven on my memory forever. Lively school tales of boys plotting, fighting, and finally making friends of enemies. Leo G. Carroll very good as "The Old Roman".

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