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Love Happy (1949)

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blonde Heaven See more »

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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

When Harpo is being searched by the Zoto Brothers, and they're pulling things out of his coat, a mailbox is pulled out with the name "Moss Kaufman" on it. This is a play (no pun intended) on the playwrights, Kaufman and Hart (George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart). Kaufman collaborated on both THE COCOANUTS and ANIMAL CRACKERS for the Marx Brothers. Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman wrote THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER in which the character Banjo is based upon Harpo Marx. See more »

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Quotes

Faustino the Great: Ice-a cream. Tootsie-fruitsie ice-a cream.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD version released in 2004 runs 91 minutes (despite what it says on the box) and contains several scenes not included in the 85 min. version long seen in the U.S.- 1.Harpo giving link sausages to the front man in a bull costume by threading them through a nostril in the bull head and handing the back end man a ham. 2. Groucho showing photos of himself in different disguises with Madame Egilichi and then providing voice-over narration for a scene of Chico trying to bribe Mr. Lyons by setting him up with a chorus girl. 3. Harpo being put through a washing machine by Madame Egilichi's henchmen. 4. Harpo becoming completely enveloped in smoke from the KOOL sign and ducking into an air vent which sucks away the smoke. This version is also missing a scene in which Groucho observes that the show would have been saved if Maggie had accepted the sardines Harpo gave her. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Way We Were (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Polonaise in A Flat, Op. 53
(1842) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Chico Marx on piano
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Grab some sardines and enjoy.
25 March 1999 | by ChrissieSee all my reviews

Although the critics hate this one, it's a treasure for die-hard Harpo fans. Harpo originally conceived "Love Happy" as a solo vehicle, but Chico wormed his way in because he needed money to pay gambling debts. Groucho was written in at the last minute to secure more funding from backers who insisted on having all three brothers in the film.

Harpo loves the beautiful dancer Maggie, who faces a collapsing career if the theater troupe fails. Chico, a mind-reader in the troupe, loves femme fatale Madame Egelichi, who is of course plotting evil. Groucho is the private detective who eventually solves the mystery of the sardines. It all makes sense in the end, as much as any Marx Brothers movie makes sense. Sit back and enjoy.


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