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The Happy Road (1957)

Approved | | Comedy | 3 July 1957 (Japan)
An American boy and a French girl run away from a Swiss school making for Paris to reunite with their parents. The boy's father and the girl's mother join forces, despite cultural differences, to search for their kids.

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Mike Andrews
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Suzanne Duval
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Gen. Medworth
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Danny Andrews
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Janine Duval
Roger Tréville ...
Dr. Solaise
Colette Deréal ...
Hélène
Jess Hahn ...
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Maryse Martin ...
The Mother
Roger Saget ...
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Claire Gérard ...
Patronne d'hotel in Valval
Colin Mann ...
Armbruster
Alexandre Rignault ...
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While setting up a business in Paris, American widower Michael Andrews has placed his adolescent son, Danny Andrews, in a Swiss boarding school as Mike has no time during this phase of the business set-up to look after Danny on his own. Mike receives distressing news that Danny has run away from the school with another student, Parisienne Janine Duval. This news does not sit well with either Mike or Janine's divorcée mother, Suzanne Duval. Suzanne believes Danny is a delinquent influence on her daughter, while Mike believes Janine is an enabler as non-French speaking Danny could not manage outside the school without some language assistance. They learn from another student that Danny is heading to Paris to show Mike that he is independent enough to live in Paris with Mike, while Janine tagged along because she sees herself as Danny's girl and as she has not seen her mother in some time. As the children have not been gone long and as there is only one road between the school and Paris,... Written by Huggo

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3 July 1957 (Japan)  »

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Happy Journey  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The Film was originally titled "The Happy Journey". See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning, when the boy is running away, he is shown throwing his knotted rope over the railing, and immediately beginning the climb down. The next shot shows him continuing his climb, but now the rope is tied with a big knot on the railing, though he didn't stop to do that. See more »

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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 23 June 1957 (1957) See more »

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The Happy Road
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Movie Comments Aren't the Place for Political Statements
9 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's been a long time since I saw this movie, so I don't really remember enough details to rate it fairly. I do, however, dislike the preceding review in which the reviewer is commenting more on Kelly's life choices than on the movie itself. If you don't like movies about children running away, I have a suggestion: Don't Watch Them! That's like buying tickets to the ballet knowing you don't like ballets.

If you ready Kelly's biography, you'll find out there were several reasons he chose to live and work in France for some time. One of the chief reasons being that the golden age of musicals in Hollywood was winding down and he wasn't finding much work here in the states.

Yes, I realize I'm guilty of filling this post with commentary on Kelly's life choices as I just admonished the previous poster for doing. But I felt Kelly was unfairly pigeon-holed as being a Francophile by an under-educated reviewer with an innate dislike for this type of movie.


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