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The Happy Time (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 3 December 1952 (Denmark)
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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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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1.37 : 1
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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

Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard: Your trip, Uncle Desmond-were there many adventures?
Uncle Desmond Bonnard: Well, you know, Bibi: where Desmond's horses trot, no grass will grow.
Jacques Bonnard: What are you doing in Ottawa? Have you lost your job?
Uncle Desmond Bonnard: No, the sales manager lost his. Bibi, bring us some glasses.
Jacques Bonnard: What do you mean?
Uncle Desmond Bonnard: He's dead. He has unscrewed his billiard table. So the office sent for me.
Jacques Bonnard: To offer you the job?
Uncle Desmond Bonnard: Well, an office, a desk, a secretary...
Jacques Bonnard: And you said yes!
Uncle Desmond Bonnard: No, I said no.
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Features The Son of the Sheik (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

Pique Dame
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Music by Franz von Suppé
Arranged by John Leipold
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If this film has a flaw, I don't know what it is.
25 November 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Except maybe the title. The film has been described as heartwarming in other posts, but it's more sophisticated than it is sentimental. It is funny and charming throughout, and strongly flavored with emotion. Frank words like erection and intercourse are never used (English is more naked than French, Boyer says at one point), but the moment when the young boy has his first sexual feelings, as he watches a magician's luscious blonde assistant, leaves no doubt about the movie's sexual theme, which is handled with exquisite tenderness.

There is nothing flashy about the film-making-- the stage play was opened up rather minimally, allowing the strength of the writing and the acting to shine. And both do. It's hardly worth singling out any one performer, the ensemble works so well together, though the three Bonnard brothers-- Boyer, Jourdan, Kasznar-- are particularly fine, especially when they gang up on the schoolmaster. This is an all but forgotten movie-- witty and wise, graceful and bold-- that has true greatness in it.


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