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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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Cast

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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Mein Sohn entdeckt die Liebe  »

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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

Uncle Desmond Bonnard: What's the occasion, this time?
Grandpere Bonnard: The Widow Latouche is waiting; I'm late.
Uncle Desmond Bonnard: Ho ho ho! It will unscrew your billiard table!
Uncle Louis Bonnard: Believe me, not even a young man can go out every night dancing and never sleep. Something will collapse: maybe the arteries or the veins...
Grandpere Bonnard: The one who knows of a better way to die-will he step forward?
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Connections

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

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The Happy Time
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
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A Charming Film about Family Life in Quebec
21 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film only once forty years ago, but I really enjoyed it. Charles Boyer is the head of a Quebecois family who has to face normal problems of his son's growing up, his brothers (Kurt Kazner and Louis Jourdan) and their problems. It was very heart warming. An example of this is towards the end when Boyer's son (Bobby Driscoll) has been somewhat framed by a rival at his school, and has been humiliated and punished by an unreasonable, martinet teacher (corporal punishment is allowed in Quebec in the 1920s, when the story occurs, and the teacher used a switch on Driscoll). Boyer goes to see the teacher, and discovers that the latter has made a mistake that can be misconstrued as illegal behavior. When Driscoll was whipped the teacher had insisted on him telling the truth. Grabbing the switch, Boyer starts demanding the truth from the teacher now. It was quite an enjoyable moment.

The film was later turned into a Broadway musical also called THE HAPPY TIME, starring Robert Goelet. Occasionally the theme song of that show is revived (usually Goelet's recording of it) on radio.


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