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What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)

 -  Comedy  -  24 May 1968 (USA)
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A new infection that simply makes people feel happy is treated as a threat by the authorities while its "victims" work to spread it to others.



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Cast overview:
J. Gardner Monroe
Nathaniel Frey ...
The Mayor
Dr. Shapiro
Jeanne Arnold ...
Morty Gunty ...
Sgt. Gunty
Joe Ponazecki ...
Officer Ponazecki
Frank Campanella ...
Capt. Wallace
Mrs. Schwartz


A new infection that simply makes people feel happy is treated as a threat by the authorities while its "victims" work to spread it to others.

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24 May 1968 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Thelma Ritter's final film; her screen debut, Miracle on 34th Street (1947), was also directed by George Seaton, making Ritter one of a handful of actors to be directed by the same person in both their first and last films. See more »


Dr. Shapiro: What this particular virus evidentally does is cause changes in our behavior patterns. People infected become euphoric, have a sense of well-being.
The Mayor: Well, I'm not going to order the Police Commissioner to call out twenty-eight thousand cops to find some bird that makes people feel good.
Dr. Shapiro: But we have no way of knowing what it may lead to. People could feel so good they'd quit their jobs, fly kites in Times Square, block traffic, uh... stop voting...
The Mayor: Stop voting!
[picks up the phone]
The Mayor: Get me the ...
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Haunted by the question of happiness
25 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this on TV many years ago when I was a kid and the ideas have stayed with me like no other story. I think the basic story has the core of a fable for the ages like "Groundhogs Day" or "It's A Wonderful Life". In particular I remember the Idea that some people didn't need the infection. They were capable of happiness all the time ; and some were not. Now thirty years later the research of psychiatry and psychology finds that the basic ability or disposition to be happy underlies much of what happens in our lives. If they had seen this movie. We see constant advertisements for medications to make us happy. The characters in the movie are dated but the basic question of happiness haunts each of us and all of us together. I only wish I could see it again.

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