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This Happy Breed (1944)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 April 1947 (USA)
Noël 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

Noël 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Sweeping Panorama of Living

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Runtime:

(1944) (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title is taken from a monologue of John of Gaunt's in William Shakespeare's "Richard II", act II, scene 1, which is widely renowned for its stirring pro-Anglicism. It reads, in part, "This happy breed of men, this little world, / This precious stone set in the silver sea, / Which serves it in the office of a wall, / Or as a moat defensive to a house, / Against the envy of less happier lands, / This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England." See more »

Goofs

You can see the camera and the focus puller's hand (DVD Timing at 13.51) in the reflection of the window as the camera pulls out of the 'Ticklers Tours of the Battlefields' shop front. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: After four long years of war, the men are coming home.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Overlord (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Bird of Love Divine
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Music by Haydn Wood
Lyrics by Kathleen Birch
Performed by Alison Leggatt at piano
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Enjoyed this little gem
12 September 2011 | by MrOllieSee all my reviews

I throughly enjoyed this little gem of a film. It is very well acted and it was nice to see a smart well groomed Robert Newton being a million miles away from Long John Silver. It had some laughs,some drama and quite a bit of sadness and as you get to know the different characters you feel a genuine fondness for them. I was brought up in the 1950's and recall visiting relatives who had grandmas and spinster aunts living with them, just like in this film. Though there is bickering and some harsh words used by the family, it does represent a time when families stuck together and deep down loved and respected one another. If you get the chance to see this movie, then I am sure that you will enjoy it.


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