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The Happy Time (1952)

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Spring inspires lessons in love and life for a French family in 1920s Ottawa, especially for teenage Robert, who's blind to the attentions of an American neighbor girl, because he's ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Jacques Bonnard
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Uncle Desmond Bonnard
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Susan Bonnard
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Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard
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Mignonette Chappuis
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Uncle Louis Bonnard
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Grandpere Bonnard
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Felice Bonnard
Jack Raine ...
Mr. Frye - School Principal
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Alfred Grattin
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Peggy O'Hare
Gene Collins ...
Jimmy Bishop
Ann Faber ...
Yvonne Bonnard
Kathryn Sheldon ...
Miss Tate - Schoolteacher
Edward Clark ...
Dr. Marchaud
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Spring inspires lessons in love and life for a French family in 1920s Ottawa, especially for teenage Robert, who's blind to the attentions of an American neighbor girl, because he's infatuated with the beautiful new maid, fleeing life as a magician's assistant. Robert's mother bemoans some of the Bonnard family male role models available to Robert: his party animal grandfather, roguish traveling salesman uncle Desmond, and an uncle who carries a water cooler filled with wine everywhere while his wife does all the work. As Desmond's temporarily off the road, he also targets the maid. Written by David Stevens

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Release Date:

3 December 1952 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Mein Sohn entdeckt die Liebe  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Susan Bonnard: [Bibi returns to the dining room, adjusting lacy garters on his sleeves] Bibi, what have you got on your sleeves?
Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard: They're too long. Before he left town, Uncle Desmond gave me some garters to hold them up.
Susan Bonnard: Women's garters! Take them off! Look at them! Off some... stranger's legs!
Grandpere Bonnard: To Desmond she was not a stranger.
Susan Bonnard: Jacques!
Jacques Bonnard: Calm yourself, my love. My brother is young.
Susan Bonnard: Your son is younger.
Jacques Bonnard: And after all, there is no great harm in catching garters that are thrown from the stage of the Casino ...
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A Charming Film about Family Life in Quebec
21 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film only once forty years ago, but I really enjoyed it. Charles Boyer is the head of a Quebecois family who has to face normal problems of his son's growing up, his brothers (Kurt Kazner and Louis Jourdan) and their problems. It was very heart warming. An example of this is towards the end when Boyer's son (Bobby Driscoll) has been somewhat framed by a rival at his school, and has been humiliated and punished by an unreasonable, martinet teacher (corporal punishment is allowed in Quebec in the 1920s, when the story occurs, and the teacher used a switch on Driscoll). Boyer goes to see the teacher, and discovers that the latter has made a mistake that can be misconstrued as illegal behavior. When Driscoll was whipped the teacher had insisted on him telling the truth. Grabbing the switch, Boyer starts demanding the truth from the teacher now. It was quite an enjoyable moment.

The film was later turned into a Broadway musical also called THE HAPPY TIME, starring Robert Goelet. Occasionally the theme song of that show is revived (usually Goelet's recording of it) on radio.


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