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Let's Be Happy (1957)

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

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

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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Tony Rocks 'Em!! Vera Rolls 'Em!!

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26 May 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Frau meiner Sehnsucht  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Vera-Ellen's final film. See more »

Quotes

Helene: [French gold-digger] Do you want somezing?
Stanley Smith: You're sitting on it.
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Connections

Version of Jeannie (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond
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Performed by Joan Small (the singing voice for Vera-Ellen) and Robert Flemyng, and heard as a theme at other times
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sheer agony
10 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Let's Be Happy" is a 1957 musical starring Vera-Ellen, Tony Martin, and Robert Flemyng.

It concerns a young woman left some money who decides it to spend it on a trip to the city of her ancestors, Edinburgh, and have an adventure. She meets an attractive salesman (Martin) and an impoverished Lord (Flemyng), whom she takes up with when she thinks the salesman has been dishonest with her.

I watched this film because I love Tony Martin's voice, but to be honest, a chimpanzee could have performed these songs.

Vera-Ellen was a pretty woman, but she wasn't much of an actress, and she doesn't look particularly well here except in one scene, where she wears a beautiful, form-fitting blue gown and looks stunning. Also, for a dancer, she sure didn't do much of it.

The music ranged from awful to merely passable.

The location shots were lovely.

I was surprised this film was made. It is very mediocre.


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