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Happy Go Lovely (1951)

B.G. Bruno, a rich bachelor, the head of a successful greeting-card company in Scotland, is essentially a kind man but respectable to the point of stodginess and extreme stuffiness. An ... See full summary »


H. Bruce Humberstone (as Bruce Humberstone)


Val Guest (screen-play), Friedrich Dammann (based on a film story by) (as F.Dammann) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... B.G. Bruno
Vera-Ellen ... Janet Jones
Cesar Romero ... John Frost
Bobby Howes Bobby Howes ... Charlie
Diane Hart ... Mae
Gordon Jackson ... Paul Tracy
Barbara Couper Barbara Couper ... Madame Amanda
Henry Hewitt Henry Hewitt ... Dodds
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Mrs. Urquhart
Hugh Dempster Hugh Dempster ... Bates
Sandra Dorne ... Betty
Joyce Carey ... Bruno's Secretary
John Laurie ... Jonskill
Wylie Watson ... Stage Door Keeper
Joan Heal Joan Heal ... Phyllis Gardiner


B.G. Bruno, a rich bachelor, the head of a successful greeting-card company in Scotland, is essentially a kind man but respectable to the point of stodginess and extreme stuffiness. An American troupe visiting Edinburgh wants to produce a musical in town but has trouble getting backers. Bruno meets several of the leading ladies of the show; through a misunderstanding he doesn't correct the idea that he's a newspaper reporter. He falls in love with one of the women, who reciprocates; he grows more lively and friendly, to the surprise of his employees. After a series of mishaps and comic incidents comes a happy ending: a successful show and true love. Written by Mark. Gooley <gooley@mcn.net>

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Opening credits: All characters and events in this picture are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »


[last lines]
Janet Jones: What does B.G. stand for?
B.G. Bruno: Paul.
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Remake of Kyss henne! (1940) See more »


Music and Lyrics by Mischa Spoliansky
Performed by Vera-Ellen (dubbed by Eve Boswell (uncredited))
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Vera-Ellen Musical Vehicle That Rises Above The Norm.
17 January 2016 | by stuartgreenukSee all my reviews

As a huge fan of both Gene Kelly and Danny Kaye from a young age, it was something of a no-brainer for me when I came across this film on one of those public domain movie channels on my old Roku box, and saw that it starred the wonderful Vera-Ellen. Ellen was a co-star of Danny Kaye's in many of his movies, and was of course the unforgettable 'Miss Turnstiles' in Gene Kelly's all-time great 'On The Town.' With that kind of pedigree I am surprised that Vera-Ellen didn't star in more movies, and upon seeing this lovely little film musical, that feeling of surprise has only been strengthened.

Okay, so the plot isn't anything new; dance troupe struggle to get the finance needed to put on their show, and the film's budget is minuscule in comparison to the mega M-G-M Musicals of the period, but don't let either of those two things put you off. Vera-Ellen sparkles as small time singer and dancer 'Janet Jones' while David Niven is wonderfully engaging as the somewhat stiff and reserved B.G Bruno, the successful businessman who comes in to the life of Ellen's character through a misunderstanding.

It's predictable fair, but its two leads make Happy Go Lovely a much better film that it should, and otherwise would have been without them. A thoroughly charming, innocent and enjoyable film.

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Release Date:

3 September 1951 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Glücklich und verliebt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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