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Happy Anniversary (1959)

Living in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of New York City, working class lawyer Chris Walters and his wife, the former Alice Ganz, are celebrating their thirteenth anniversary in wedded ... See full summary »

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Chris Walters
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Alice Walters nee Gans
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Bud
Loring Smith ...
Arthur Gans / Grandpa
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Jeanette Revere
Phyllis Povah ...
Lillian Gans / Grandma
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Millie the Maid
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Debbie Walters
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Ockie Walters
Don Grusso ...
Johnson TV delivery man
William Dwyer
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Hotel Earle Desk Clerk (as David F. Doyle)
Don De Leo
John Call
Sam Locante
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Living in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of New York City, working class lawyer Chris Walters and his wife, the former Alice Ganz, are celebrating their thirteenth anniversary in wedded bliss with their two children, Ockie and Debbie. On the anniversary day, Chris and Alice even decide on the spur of the moment to recreate a romantic tryst they had from years earlier. The only major disagreement Chris and Alice seem to have in their life is on the presence or not of a television set in the house, Chris who believes one will ruin the family dynamic. Things for the Walters take a turn for the worse when first Alice's parents buy their daughter and son-in-law a television set as a gift, and second, while in a drunken stupor at the anniversary party, Chris divulges a secret to Alice's parents that was kept solely between Alice and himself for fourteen years. Both incidents result in an argument between Chris and Alice. Going from bad to worse, daughter Debbie believes her parents may be ... Written by Huggo

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24 March 1960 (Sweden)  »

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Carl Reiner's film debut. See more »

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Animated anniversary cards are opened in between the opening credits. See more »

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I Don't Regret a Thing
Music by Robert Allen
Lyrics by Al Stillman (as Al Stillman)
Sung behind the credits by chorus
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Shrill
27 October 2015 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

The real question is how the source material, a play by these screenwriters called "Anniversary Waltz," managed to captivate Broadway audiences for 18 months and tour extensively. (MacDonald Carey and Kitty Carlisle must have helped.) It's a prurient, shrill sex comedy about how a happily married couple with two 1950s-adorable kids endure a domestic crisis involving a) television's entry into their home and b) the revelation to her parents that they enjoyed premarital sex. It's smug and leering, and so's this loud film version, with a rather clueless David Niven and a posturing Mitzi Gaynor, directed by the seldom-reliable David Miller. The stately black-and-white photography (including some sumptuous 1959 NYC locations) helps, as does Carl Reiner in a capable best-friend supporting turn, as does Patty Duke as the daughter. Phyllis Povah and Loring Smith, as the parents, are tedious, as is the rest of the supporting cast, as is a screenplay that seemingly chuckles at how naughty it's being. You get to see Niven smash a bunch of television screens, and Gaynor does attractively croon one song. But it's 1950s sex comedy at its most lascivious and boring, at the same time.


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