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This Happy Breed (1944)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 April 1947 (USA)
Noel Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after World War I, the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. An ordinary sort of life is ... See full summary »

Director:

David Lean

Writers:

David Lean (adapted for the screen by), Ronald Neame (adapted for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Newton ... Frank Gibbons
Celia Johnson ... Ethel Gibbons
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Mrs. Flint
Alison Leggatt Alison Leggatt ... Aunt Sylvia
Stanley Holloway ... Bob Mitchell
John Mills ... Billy Mitchell
Kay Walsh ... Queenie
Eileen Erskine ... Vi
John Blythe ... Reg
Guy Verney Guy Verney ... Sam Leadbitter
Betty Fleetwood Betty Fleetwood ... Phyllis Blake
Merle Tottenham ... Edie
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Storyline

Noel Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after World War I, the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. An ordinary sort of life is led by the family through the years with average number of triumphs and disasters until the outbreak of World War II. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heureux mortels See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the start of the scene where Queenie leaves her farewell letter, starting with a shot of rain on the pavement, a couple of bars from the song "Would You Like To Take A Walk?" are heard. This song was made popular by (among others), Annette Hanshaw, and Al Bowlly, who both recorded it in 1931. It originally appeared in the musical "Sweet and Low" There is no screen credit. See more »

Goofs

As Ethel and Queenie move the box of dishes into the kitchen, the shadow of a boom microphone is clearly visible in the kitchen door frame. See more »

Quotes

Frank Gibbons: She didn't pass on, pass over, or pass out! She died!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This is the story of a London family from 1919 to 1939. See more »

Connections

References Desert Love (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

A Life on the Ocean Wave
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Epes Sargent
Music by Henry Russell
Heard during the Victory Parade
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Up there with the very best. Wonderful !
5 November 2004 | by fleetstarSee all my reviews

This film caught me completely unawares. I had never heard of it until it presented itself on daytime television one afternoon. I really dislike this type of film, as I find most of the time is spent on mediocre happenings in predictable situations. (Ordinary peoples lives are very boring). I was therefore amazed at the fact that I couldn't leave it, Maybe it's because I am getting older or maybe the people in this film reminded me of the adults of the 1950's when I was a child.

The acting is absolutely superb, you really believe in this family and the ups and downs of their lives. The direction of David Lean polishes the excellent cast performance, what more can I say ! ......Fantastic.....


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