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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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3 December 1952 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Mein Sohn entdeckt die Liebe  »

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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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Grow Up with Bobby Driscoll
26 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Charles Boyer, Louis Jourdan, Marsha Hunt, Kurt Kaszner and child star Bobby Driscoll star in this charming coming-of-age story called The Happy Time. Boyer and Hunt are the parents of Bobby, while Louis is an uncle known as a Casanova and Kaszner is another uncle who lives across the street who drinks all day while his wife (Jeanette Nolan) makes the money as a seamstress. The film shows the uncles with all their eccentricities, but the young boy is at the heart of the film with his being picked on at school, a young girl with braces liking him, and his own infatuation of an ex-vaudeville star hired to help around the house. And, even Grandpa is a fanciful man who tries to keep young by being interested in the opposite sex. Boyer and Hunt, as the parents, provide much of the film's stability, and the film has some of its best moments centering on the boy. But it seems a bit uneven, because some of their characters are not as interesting as others. And, I found myself thinking it was a bit too whimsical with not enough depth. But then in the end, Boyer has a great talk with young Bobby about the right kind of love and how the world suffers from having our natural urges without love. All in all, I feel I discovered a good little film, which I think I will love more and more each time I see it. The film's success lies in showing a family made up of different personalities all looking for the same thing and their young-at-heart hope they share for tomorrow.


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