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The Happy Time (1952)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  3 December 1952 (Denmark)
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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 overview, first billed only:
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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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3 December 1952 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Mein Sohn entdeckt die Liebe  »

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Marsha Hunt was offered the same part in the original Broadway production but turned it down. The part ultimately went to Leora Dana, who met and married actor Kurt Kaszner during the run of the play. See more »

Quotes

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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The Happy Time
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
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High praise for this portrayal of delightful eccentricity
15 August 2001 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I just wanted to assure Roncee that this movie holds up thru multiple viewngs over decades! For fans of the period-setting, it's a wonderful antidote to the sentimentality of "I Remember Mama," and Kurt Kazner's drunken lout is far more entertaining than Oskar Homolka's curmodgeonly Uncle Chris. Take special note of director Richard Fleischer's range: everything from "Dr. Doolittle" to the ultra-creepy "10 Rillington Place." In view of his parentage though, prodigious talent is no surprise -- his pop was Max (Betty Boop et al.) Fleischer! Also recommended to fans of this film is the obscure but fabulous Beatrice Lily comedy, "On Approval."


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