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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 WWI the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. An ordinary sort of life is led by the ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Flint
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Aunt Sylvia
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Billy Mitchell
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Queenie
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Guy Verney ...
Sam Leadbitter
Betty Fleetwood ...
Phyllis Blake
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Edie
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Noel Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after WWI 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 WWII. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Comedy | Drama

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12 April 1947 (USA)  »

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Heureux mortels  »

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£200,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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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

When the furniture is being taken into the kitchen in the opening scenes, an extra is reflected in the glass of the kitchen door just after Sylvia enters with the groceries. See more »

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Frank Gibbons: [at the Wembley exhibition] I brought them here to see the glories of Empire, and all they think about is going on the dodgems...
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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 »

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Rule Britannia
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Lyrics by James Thomson
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Sung by Frank and Bob coming home after their reunion
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Agreeable portrait about a bourgeois family during thirty years
21 June 2005 | by See 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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