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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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'Tough' McCarty
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Samuel H. Stover - Sr.
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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
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Coffee Colored Angel (as Alan Dinehart III)
David Bair ...
White Mountain Canary
Danny Mummert ...
'Butsey' White
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'Polar' Beckstein
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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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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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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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Trivia

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

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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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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