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Happy Go Lovely (1951)

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B.G. Bruno, a rich bachelor, the head of a successful greeting-card company in Scotland, is essentially a kind man but respectable to the point of stodginess and extreme stuffiness. An ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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B.G. Bruno
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Janet Jones
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John Frost
Bobby Howes ...
Charlie
Diane Hart ...
Mae
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Paul Tracy
Barbara Couper ...
Madame Amanda
Henry Hewitt ...
Dodds
Gladys Henson ...
Mrs. Urquhart
Hugh Dempster ...
Bates
Sandra Dorne ...
Betty
Joyce Carey ...
Bruno's Secretary
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Jonskill
Wylie Watson ...
Stage Door Keeper
Joan Heal ...
Phyllis Gardiner
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B.G. Bruno, a rich bachelor, the head of a successful greeting-card company in Scotland, is essentially a kind man but respectable to the point of stodginess and extreme stuffiness. An American troupe visiting Edinburgh wants to produce a musical in town but has trouble getting backers. Bruno meets several of the leading ladies of the show; through a misunderstanding he doesn't correct they think that he's a newspaper reporter. He falls in love with one of the women, who reciprocates; he grows more lively and friendly, to the surprise of his employees. After a series of mishaps and comic incidents comes a happy ending: a successful show and true love. Written by Mark. Gooley <gooley@mcn.net>

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3 September 1951 (Sweden)  »

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| (2005 DVD release)

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Quotes

Phyllis Gardiner: ...and none of your outbursts of charm. I am through!
John Frost: But Phyllis, please!
Phyllis Gardiner: No money, no opening date, no system, not even... Chaos, chaos, chaos!
John Frost: Now, honey, calm yourself.
Phyllis Gardiner: You can find another star!
John Frost: Now, Phyllis, you are going too far.
Phyllis Gardiner: On the contrary, I haven't gone *far* enough!
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Featured in Elstree Story (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

MacIntosh's Wedding
Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Lyrics by Barbara Gordon
Sung by Joan Heal
Danced by principal dancers and dance chorus including Vera-Ellen
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Happy Go Lovely is a highly amusing British musical comedy
10 August 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

A few years ago, I bought several $1 DVD's that contained two movies each. One of them had Three Broadway Girls (an alternate title for The Greeks Had a Word for Them) and this one, Happy Go Lovely. It's basically a backstage musical comedy that takes place in Scotland and concerns mistaken identity involving one of the dancers hitching a ride from a millionaire's limousine. Vera-Ellen is that dancer and-wow, what legs! Ceasar Romero is her producer who takes a chance on her after the original leading lady leaves because he thinks she's dating the millionaire whose car I just mentioned. And David Niven is that rich guy who, when looking for Vera-Ellen, is mistaken for a reporter who's supposed to interview her but gets stalled by Romero. What I've just mentioned may be confusing but (mostly) makes sense if you're willing to check your brain while watching this charmingly screwball comedy with wonderful musical numbers as performed by the exquisite Ms. Vera-Ellen. Romero can be a bit frantic here but Niven becomes hilariously bemused throughout. The print I saw was actually pretty good considering its age and the fact that it's in public domain. And Vera-Ellen does pretty well with her lines since she's not really an actress. So on that note, I highly recommend Happy Go Lovely for movie buffs who love old-fashioned musical comedies.


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