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Happy Land (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 10 November 1943 (USA)
In a typical American Midwestern city, Hartfield, Iowa, Lew Marsh (Don Ameche) is the owner of a drugstore. Everyone knows Lew and knew his grandfather, old "Gramp" Marsh (Harry Carey), who... See full summary »

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Kathryn Scola (screenplay), Julien Josephson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Don Ameche ... Lew Marsh
Frances Dee ... Agnes Marsh
Harry Carey ... Gramp
Ann Rutherford ... Lenore Prentiss
Cara Williams ... Gretchen Barry
Richard Crane ... Russell 'Rusty' Marsh
Harry Morgan ... Anton 'Tony' Cavrek (as Henry Morgan)
Minor Watson ... Judge Colvin
Dickie Moore ... Peter Orcutt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
June Preston June Preston ... Mrs. Prentiss daughter
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Storyline

In a typical American Midwestern city, Hartfield, Iowa, Lew Marsh (Don Ameche) is the owner of a drugstore. Everyone knows Lew and knew his grandfather, old "Gramp" Marsh (Harry Carey), who had passed on. One evening, Lew and his wife, Agnes (Frances Dee), reminisce lovingly about their son, "Rusty" (Richard Crane), when a telegram arrives from the Navy Department informing them that "Rusty" had been killed in action. Lew becomes bitter, avoids people, refuses to go near the family drugstore. "Gramp" appears before Lew and takes him in hand and together, they revisit the past: Lew's childhood; "Gramp" as a Civil War veteran; Lew's courtship of Agnes; the birth of "Rusty"; Lew as a WWI soldier; Rusty's boyhood days and into his attempt to decide between Lenore Prentiss and Gretchen Barry, and how Lenore becomes his girl just before he joins the Navy. This excursion into the past takes away Lew's bitterness and he now sees what America means. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Romance | War

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As of the November 10, 1943 release date, husband Don Ameche was 35 years old, and wife Frances Dee was 33 years old. Son Richard Crane was 25 years old and son's girlfriend Ann Rutherford was 26 years old. Ameche and Dee at 10 and 8 years older respectively than Crane were both too young to be Crane's parents. See more »

Goofs

Right before Rusty's shipmate, Tony, arrives at Mr. Marsh's Pharmacy, it is near closing time, and dark outside. When Mr. Marsh takes Tony home to meet Mrs. Marsh, she says she was just getting ready to fix lunch, although it is night time. See more »

Quotes

Gramp: You know, Lew, that's one thing God intended in America forever - kids have got to play Indian. Bows and arrows, war clubs, Daniel Boone, Sittin' Bull... nobody must be allowed to make them stop.
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Connections

Referenced in Discovering Film: Natalie Wood (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Morning to You
(uncredited)
Music by Mildred J. Hill
Lyrics by Patty S. Hill
Sung by the schoolchildren
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This movie is a slightly corny, yet warm and lovely gem...
10 May 2006 | by justin_poetSee all my reviews

I loved this movie and I highly suggest you catch this movie if you can. If for the very least, to see Harry Morgan (aka the crusty Col. Potter from TV's M*A*S*H) back when he was just a kid at 28 years old.

The other reason is it's a sweet and warm story of a small town family and how it deals with post WWII. The film's cinematography is a vivid Hallmark card of 1940s Americana.

There's a really tender scene where Morgan, a recent vet from the war, helps Don Ameche, the father of a fellow soldier stock the shelves of Ameche's Pharmacy. The art direction of this film is amazing as well.

Also look for Morgan as the mysterious bad guy in "The Big Clock" circa 1948 with Ray Milland which has an analagous plot line to "No Way Out" with Kevin Costner.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy Land See more »

Filming Locations:

Healdsburg, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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