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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

Groucho Marx told an anecdote - both on a '60s Today Show segment and in print - that the movie's producer asked three aspiring actresses to walk seductively past Marx. Whomever Marx decided was the best walker would play opposite him in the film. When the third girl walked past, Marx asked the producer, "How could you possibly choose anyone but that last one?" Marx had chosen Marilyn Monroe for the film. See more »

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for Harpo fans its a classic..........
12 October 2007 | by leonvanderSee all my reviews

i'm a big marx bros fan and love most of their films, especially the early paramounts and a day at the races and most of the others so thats pretty much all of them i guess. Room service is the weakest of their output as far as i can tell..

If I was mainly a Groucho fan, which most of the reviewers of Marx Brothers films seem to be, I'd be giving this movie between 1 & 3 stars. His part is minimal, not very funny and is mainly famous for the scene with Marilyn Monroe in one of her first speaking roles (which lasts a few seconds)...

I've just read a review for this film calling it unfunny. Maybe they were watching a different movie? I am completely fed up with reading the nonsense that's been written about this film by people who probably haven't even watched it...

I'm a Harpo fan.........I really think he's a true screen genius, the greatest one of his kind. When he's on screen for me its pure magic.

This film has a special place in my heart.. The screenplay is based on a Harpo story and he is the main star (originally the film was to be a solo vehicle for him). Chico's and Groucho's appearance was an afterthought..Chico performs well and the scenes when he's with Harpo are great and are the equal to any other marx movie. Harpo doesn't disappoint with so many great hilarious scenes that were mainly devised and performed by himself (he did most of his own stunts)...quite amazing considering he was in his early 60's at the time....

The story revolves around a theatre production called 'love happy' and a missing diamond necklace in a sardine tin. The other cast members perform well and the songs are not too cheesy. Chico does a great piano duet with a violinist and harpo plays the harp as beautifully as ever..

If I was hoping to see and hear Groucho in his element, i'd be very disappointed with Love Happy. But, on every other level its a classic. So please, give it a chance - its worth it............


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