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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 »

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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:

GBP200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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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

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: [putting down the newspaper] Well, they're cutting down the navy, and they're cutting down the army. The only thing they don't seem to be cutting down is the unemployed!
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in As Time Goes By: The House Next Door (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty
Written by A.J. Mills, Fred Godfrey and Bennett Scott
[Heard in the opening scene]
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Agreeable portrait about a bourgeois family during thirty years
21 June 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The movie narrates the happenings of a British family since the first world war (1914-18) until the end second world war (1939-45) . The parents (Robert Newton and Celia Johnson) , the troubled and rebel daughter (Kay Walsh) , the friendly neighbor (Stanley Holloway) , the seaman son (John Mills) and others . Meanwhile , being reflected the course of time and are succeeding various historic deeds , thus : the first and second world wars , the soldiers recruitment , death of the king George , the jolly reception to Minister Chamberlain after the useless Munich Convention with Hitler , the trenches digging in preventing the bombing over London by the Germans .

The movie is interpreted by the greatest English actors with important careers . Robert Newton (Treasure island) , Celia Johnson (Brief encounter) , John Mills (Daughter of Ryan), Kay Walsh (Oliver Twist), Stanley Holloway (My fair lady) . Colorful and glittering cinematography by Ronald Neame , a future director with many successes (Adventure of the Poseidon) . Musical conducting by Muir Mathieson , habitual of English classic films , as he was director of symphonic orchestra of London . The picture begins and finishes with a camera travelling from exterior and interior home what it subsequently would be copied in a lot of films (for example : The Family by the director Ettore Scola) . The motion picture was perfectly directed by David Lean considered the greatest British filmmaker . Rating : Awesome . Above average.


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