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Joy of Living (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 6 May 1938 (USA)
Broadway star Margaret Garrett has spent her whole life working to support her sponging relatives. When she meets carefree Dan Webster, she learns how to have fun for the first time.

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writers:

Gene Towne (screen play), C. Graham Baker (screen play) (as Graham Baker) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Irene Dunne ... Maggie Garret
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Dan Brewster
Alice Brady ... Minerva Garret
Guy Kibbee ... Dennis Garret
Jean Dixon ... Harrison
Eric Blore ... Potter
Lucille Ball ... Salina Pine
Warren Hymer ... Mike
Billy Gilbert ... Cafe Owner
Frank Milan Frank Milan ... Bert Pine
Dorothy Steiner Dorothy Steiner ... Dotsy Pine
Estelle Steiner Estelle Steiner ... Betsy Pine
Phyllis Kennedy ... Marie
Franklin Pangborn ... Orchestra Leader
James Burke ... Mac
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Broadway star Margaret Garrett has spent her whole life working to support her sponging relatives. When she meets carefree Dan Webster, she learns how to have fun for the first time. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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THAT MAD NIGHT AT THE RINK WHEN SHE FELL AND BROKE HER PROMISE! (IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?) (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Douglas Fairbanks Jr.''s duck voice is done by Clarence Nash. He was the original voice of Donald Duck and did it for 50 years, as well as Daisy Duck, Donald''s nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie and many other characters. He also did many of the bird sounds for The Tiki Room at Disneyland. See more »

Goofs

When Bert greets his parents-in-law at breakfast, he says, "Morning Ma!" to his mother-in-law, then "Hello Kibbee!" to his father-in-law Dennis Garret, played by Guy Kibbee. See more »

Quotes

Margaret 'Maggie' Garret: [looking at her maid under the steam] Do you have to stay all day and smoke that thing?
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Connections

References Orphan's Benefit (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

What's Good About Good Night?
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Irene Dunne in the finale of the show "Glamour"
Reprised by her in a radio broadcast
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A slightly above average time passer and diversion
6 January 2019 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Irene Dunne plays a Broadway singer who serves as her family's meal ticket. Her family, including sister Lucille Ball, don't do much, other than enjoy the wealth and status (by association) Dunne's success brings them. Dunne is exhausted, but is constantly pressured into taking more and more responsibilities on and Dunne does so as to not disappoint her family. Despite all of her hard work and wealth, her family's spendthrift ways have plunged Dunne deeply into depth. When she finds out about her financial woes, she is very disillusioned (who wouldn't be?).

Dunne ends up meeting heady and fresh Douglas Fairbanks Jr. At first she is put off by Fairbanks' pushiness and even has him arrested at one point, accusing him of being a masher. Fairbanks manages to charm his way out of jail time and even gets Dunne appointed as his probation officer. Legally he has to report to Dunne two times a week. As she gets to know Fairbanks, Dunne finds out that he comes from wealth but has chosen to live his life as a pleasure seeker. He also claims to own an island in the South Pacific and urges Dunne to leave her stress behind and live in paradise with him.

Lucille Ball is good as Dunne's younger sister (and understudy), but her part is so small, she doesn't really get to make much of an impression. Though, she continues to prove that she is good with the one-liners. It must have been frustrating for Lucy to have come from such a great supporting part in Stage Door, only to be put into another small supporting part, but in not as prestigious a film. Irene Dunne is good here, even though it is only sightly above average material. Douglas Fairbanks Jr is always a charmer and he's very handsome in this film. It's easy to see why Dunne would have a hard time between choosing Broadway or Fairbanks.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

6 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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