Let's Be Happy (1957)

 |  Musical  |  26 May 1957 (USA)
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An American salesman pursues an heiress from Vermont, who is in turn being wooed by a Scottish lord in inancial need.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeannie MacLean
Stanley Smith
Robert Flemyng ...
Lord James MacNairn
Helen Horton ...
Sadie Whitelaw
Beckett Bould ...
Rev. MacDonald
Alfred Burke ...
French Ticket Clerk
Vernon Greeves ...
First Air France Steward
Richard Molinas ...
Bearded Man
Eugene Deckers ...
Dining Car Attendant
Russell Waters ...
Hotel Reception Clerk
Paul Young ...
Page Boy Bobby
Peter Sinclair ...
Magda Miller ...
Mrs. MacTavish
Brian Oulton ...
Hotel Valet


Twenty-eight year old Jeannie MacLean has led a simple life taking care of her frugal grandfather in the small town of Heatherdale, Vermont. After her grandfather passes away, Jeannie, who has no money even to pay the funeral bills, learns that he has left all of his money to her, money she didn't know he had, in the amount of $4,952, which to her is a small fortune. Before she settles down with whatever she will now do instead of taking care of him, Jeannie decides to take a trip to Scotland, most specifically to Edinburgh as a jumping off point to where their ancestors are from, namely Loch Lomond. En route via Paris (the only last minute flight she can get), she meets American inventor and businessman Stanley Smith from Boise, Idaho, he who is going to Paris on business in trying to sell a combination washing machine/ironing machine he invented. He becomes her knight in shining armor as he helps her, unaccustomed to the ways of travel, with one bind after another all the way to ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

26 May 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Frau meiner Sehnsucht  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vera Ellen's final film. See more »


Helene: [French gold-digger] Do you want somezing?
Stanley Smith: You're sitting on it.
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Referenced in 'White Christmas': A Look Back with Rosemary Clooney (2000) See more »


I'm Going to Scotland
Written by Nicholas Brodszky and Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Joan Small (the singing voice for Vera-Ellen)
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Not without charm
28 September 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This film wouldn't ever be listed as a major musical, but I found it likable. There are hackneyed elements to the story but it moves along well and good use is made of minor characters. The two stars obviously both have more than a few miles on the clock - Martin has a very lived-in face, and Vera-Ellen could use a botox injection, but they are both agreeable presences. These days (I'd like to think) their age would be acknowledged in a story line which gave them each a second-time around background, but not in those days. The 50's fashions look great on Vera-Ellen and the redhead opposition. The Paris and Edinburgh locations are milked to advantage. I enjoyed the touches of Britishness in the "lord" and the hotel staff. The dances are sometimes slight, but enjoyable. Altogether quite a lot to like, worth sticking with as a pleasant piece of escapism.

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