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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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(Western Electric Recording)

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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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Music by Vincent Rose
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One of my most memorable movies
11 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have not seen this for X decades and remember it with huge delight. I am now going to find a copy so I can see it again. A gentle, weighty movie - in my memory as long as I last. The performances of Boyer, Jourdan and all the others make it a must watch movie. For sentimentalists and for all film lovers. By modern standards this might not be a top notch film, however it is, by any standards, a really watchable and rewarding experience. You will not be able to resist the development of the characters and how they deal with the interpersonal relationships. By the skill of their acting and the subtlety of the direction this is a "must see"


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