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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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Mignonette Chappuis
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Felice Bonnard
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Mr. Frye - School Principal
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Alfred Grattin
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Peggy O'Hare
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Jimmy Bishop
Ann Faber ...
Yvonne Bonnard
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Miss Tate - Schoolteacher
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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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"Eet ees magnifique". And it's all about the birds and the bees...and a lot of delightful people.

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Comedy

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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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Trivia

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: [as Grandpere emerges from the house in his finery] Grandpa!
Grandpere Bonnard: Ah, bon soir. I'm late.
Susan Bonnard: Where are you going?
Grandpere Bonnard: Out.
Susan Bonnard: You should be in bed!
Grandpere Bonnard: It is only a matter of time.
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Connections

Features The Son of the Sheik (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

Gavotte
(uncredited)
Music by François-Joseph Gossec
Arranged by John Leipold
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Nicely done ensemble about love and truth
22 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

The word most frequently used to describe this film is "charming". It is a clever analogy of love in various stages of incarnation from 'first innocent love' to 'new romance' to 'desire to settle down' and also 'the established couple' kind of love. This is mixed up with some lessons on truth and trust. Nicely acted, cozy settings, no bumps or dry spots. Entertaining.

The biographies on the actors here on IMDb are all fascinating, especially the sad one about Bobby Driscoll. It talks of a movie contract being canceled likely because of his severe acne. It also tells of his lonely death as a result of years of hard drug abuse. One can only speculate on whether the drug abuse was related to emotional suffering caused by acne.

This film was made during some transition years for most of the cast. You may recognize academy award nominee, Kurt Kasznar, from his later TV role in the popular Science Fiction series, "Land of the Giants".


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