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The Happy Years (1950)

Based on a collection of stories with the focus on young John Humperdink "Dink" Stover, a student at the Lawrenceville Prepatory School, in 1896, whose family, in Eastcester, New York, have... See full summary »

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Owen Johnson (stories), Harry Ruskin (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dean Stockwell ... John Humperdink 'Dink' Stover
Darryl Hickman ... 'Tough' McCarty
Scotty Beckett ... 'Tennessee' Shad
Leon Ames ... Samuel H. Stover - Sr.
Margalo Gillmore ... Maude Stover
Leo G. Carroll ... The Old Roman
Donn Gift ... 'Big Man / Hungry' Smead
Peter M. Thompson Peter M. Thompson ... Samuel 'Sambo' H. Stover Jr. (as Peter Thompson)
Jerry Mickelsen Jerry Mickelsen ... 'Cheyenne' Baxter
Mason Alan Dinehart ... Coffee Colored Angel (as Alan Dinehart III)
David Bair David Bair ... White Mountain Canary
Danny Mummert ... 'Butsey' White
Eddie LeRoy ... 'Polar' Beckstein
George Chandler ... Johnny
Claudia Barrett ... Miss Dolly Travers
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Storyline

Based on a collection of stories with the focus on young John Humperdink "Dink" Stover, a student at the Lawrenceville Prepatory School, in 1896, whose family, in Eastcester, New York, have just about given up on his education because he is an incorrigible student. He gets into one situation after another and incurs the dislike of his classmates, who think he is cowardly but he changes their opinion when he challenges several of them to a fight. When he returns home for the summer, he meets Miss Dolly Travers and increases his 'hatred of women' because she does not accept his schoolboy pranks. Back at school, in the fall, he is more difficult than ever until his philosophy is changed by a teacher. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dink Stover See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,393,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed (at least in part) on location at the The Lawrenceville School, where the real story takes place. MGM dug up the paved paths around the school to make it look like it did during the time of the story. Most of the school looks the same still today with only a few building added over the last century. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double for Dean Stockwell in the football tryout scene, and when he falls down the stairs near the end of the film. See more »

Quotes

The Old Roman: I have in the course of my experience as a teacher had to deal with imbeciles, had to deal with near idiots, but for sheer monumental asininity I have never met the equal of this aggregation.
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Connections

Referenced in The Lawrenceville Stories (1986) See more »

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Great family entertainment!
23 June 2000 | by asyncSee all my reviews

Dean Stockwell is superb as "Dink" who comes to a new school and doesn't get along with his classmates. The setting takes place in an era long past, but for many never forgotten. The film teaches us a lesson which can be learned no matter what the age or gender. I enjoyed this movie more than I can say.


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