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Love Happy (1949)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Music | 3 March 1950 (USA)
The Marx Brothers help young Broadway hopefuls while thwarting diamond thieves.

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David Miller

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Frank Tashlin (screenplay), Mac Benoff (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harpo Marx ... Harpo
Chico Marx ... Faustino the Great
Ilona Massey ... Madame Egelichi
Vera-Ellen ... Maggie Phillips
Marion Hutton Marion Hutton ... Bunny Dolan
Raymond Burr ... Alphonse Zoto
Melville Cooper ... Throckmorton
Bruce Gordon ... Hannibal Zoto
Leon Belasco ... Mr. Lyons
Paul Valentine ... Mike Johnson
Eric Blore ... Mackinaw
Marilyn Monroe ... Grunion's Client
Groucho Marx ... Detective Sam Grunion - Narrator of the Story
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Storyline

Young hopefuls trying to stage a Broadway show on a shoestring are sustained with food by expert shoplifter Harpo. They little suspect that his donations include the special sardine can hiding the Romanoff diamonds! Slinky Madame Egelichi and her henchmen will do anything to get them back, but the Marx Brothers lead them a merry chase. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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New Musical Girlesque!!!

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Comedy | Crime | Music

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blonde Heaven See more »

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Production Co:

Artists Alliance See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

When we first see Chico in the final scene, he is wearing a bow-tie. In the very next shot he is tie-less. See more »

Quotes

Mike Johnson: Well, go ahead. Say it.
Maggie Phillips: I wasn't going to say anything.
Mike Johnson: You don't have to put it into words, baby. It's sticking out of your eyes.
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Alternate Versions

The first few seconds - the Approved code - are missing from some prints (including video prints). The code is printed on the back of Groucho's chair - in the prints without the code, the film just fades in when Groucho turns around. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Marx Brothers (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Happy
(1949)
by Ann Ronell
Sung during the opening credits by Marion Hutton (uncredited) with chorus and danced by Vera-Ellen (uncredited)
Dance reprise by Paul Valentine (uncredited)
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The Marx Brothers may seem stale, but Vera-Ellen sparkles...
21 December 2001 | by amorpakSee all my reviews

The Marx brothers shtik is on its last legs in this one. Some production trivia mentioned in the Turner Classic Movies airing suggest that 'Love Happy' was intended to be a Harpo vehicle, but the backers weren't going to unless Groucho and Chico were also in. A lot of the Marx vaudeville formula is evident and may seem a bit worn, but Harpo still gets me with his crazy mime and charades. He has a scene with Chico that is pretty comical. The REAL gem in 'Love Happy' is Vera-Ellen's Sadie Thompson dance number. Man, that chic could really move it on high-heels. Wow!


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