Happy Go Lovely (1951)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  3 September 1951 (Sweden)
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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 overview, first billed only:
B.G. Bruno
Janet Jones
John Frost
Bobby Howes ...
Diane Hart ...
Paul Tracy
Barbara Couper ...
Madame Amanda
Henry Hewitt ...
Gladys Henson ...
Mrs. Urquhart
Hugh Dempster ...
Sandra Dorne ...
Joyce Carey ...
Bruno's Secretary
Stage Door Keeper
Joan Heal ...
Phyllis Gardiner


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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Release Date:

3 September 1951 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Glücklich und verliebt  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

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 »


B.G. Bruno: And when I heard that this young woman had actually visited you here, during office hours, in the Easter room, well, quite frankly, Harold, I-I was flabbergasted. I don't want this to happen again.
Harold: No, eh, Yes, Mr. Bruno.
B.G. Bruno: We have a staff outing once a year for that sort of thing.
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Featured in Elstree Story (1952) See more »


Music and Lyrics by Mischa Spoliansky
Performed by Vera-Ellen (dubbed by Eve Boswell (uncredited))
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Great movie to watch when you're having a crappy day
22 March 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I was having just about the worst day of my life. Then I stumbled on this cute film, watched it, and now I'm ready to go out & kiss a streetlamp.

I have to admit, I only watched it for 2 reasons: VERA-ELLEN'S LEGS. But it's really so much more. The plot is actually quite clever and creatively woven. It's almost like a Shakespearean comedy with all of its delightful misunderstandings. And of course there's also... VERA-ELLEN'S LEGS.

The only unfortunate aspect of this film is that the version I purchased (the "100 Family Classics" collection by Mill Creek Entertainment) doesn't have the best video quality, and I've heard the same about the Alpha release. The brightness and contrast are a bit too high, so a lot of the scenes seem bleached out especially when Vera is dancing in a white dress. But I suppose you can fiddle with the controls of your TV set to compensate. I can only imagine how it looked on the big screen back in '51. The stage sets, costumes & colours are otherwise dazzling & delightfully creepy--sort of in a "Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" vein.

As far as the romance goes, this is just perfect. Not sappy, not contrived, not melodramatic. Just 100% ahhhhhh. Too bad, you poor schmucks, your miserable lives will never be as charming as this. Har har har. Wait, what am I laughing at? My life sucks just as bad as yours. Oh hell. Time to watch this movie again.

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