Harry Happy puts on a bright smile to the world that does him wrong, while barking orders to his terrified wife at home. But a marriage counselor gives him a better idea.



(story) (as Albert Pross), (story) (as I. Klein)


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Uncredited cast:
Bob McFadden ...
Harry Happy / Miss Knotgrass / Marriage Counselor (voice) (uncredited)
Mrs. Happy / Mrs. Dinkle / Woman Washing Window (voice) (uncredited)


Harry Happy seems to live up to his name out in the world. He remains cheerful after people trample him to get on the bus. He stays smiling after a society lady's poodle, Poopsie, bites him on the leg. He even declares that it was his fault when a Cockney woman washing her windows accidentally drops her bucket of water on him. At home, however, he's a monster. His terrified wife races around the house bringing him his paper, lighting his pipe, shoveling coal into the stove when he's too cold, opening the window when he's too hot, closing it again when he feels a draft: all while he barks orders and shouts complaints. Finally, she's had enough and hits him with a frying pan, declaring she wants a divorce. Harry, afraid of losing his wife, goes to see a marriage counselor, and gets advice on how to change his life around. Written by J. Spurlin

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September 1963 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Harry Happy: Oh, hello, Miss Snodgrass.
Miss Snodgrass: Hello, Harry.
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Harry Happy was a fascinating late-era Paramount cartoon
4 March 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this Paramount Modern Madcap cartoon on YouTube as linked from Cartoon Brew. In this one, the title character has a bad day at work but is nice to all the people on the way home despite the treatment he gets (he lets a lady on a bus and then watches other passersby stomp on him as they go ahead of him, a lady's dog chases him, and a window washer drops a pail of water on him). Then he arrives home and treats his wife like a slave. Wife then hits his head with a frying pan and threatens a divorce. So Harry goes to a psychiatrist who counsels him to do the opposite of what he's been doing. So he stomps over those same passersby, barks at that lady's dog, and pours water over that lady window washer. Then at home, he attempts to do all his wife's chores with disastrous results. So once again, he gets hit on the head with a frying pan. The end...I didn't think this cartoon was funny until Harry turned the tables, but even then it's obvious he needs a LOT of help with his behavior. Director Seymour Kneitel's treatment of the cruel husband, frustrated wife isn't as cleverly funny as Robert McKimson's Wild Wife from several years earlier but it's still fascinating as a study of what was considered as acceptable comedy during the pre-women's lib era. One more thing, Winston Sharples takes the instrumental bridge he co-wrote for the Fleischers' Gulliver Travels-the song "It's a Hap-Hap-Happy Day"-and incorporates it here. So on that note, Harry Happy is worth a look for Famous/Paramount cartoon completists.

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