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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 »

Director:

H. Bruce Humberstone (as Bruce Humberstone)

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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 they think 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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Love...Fun...Youth...Set to Music! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1951 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Glücklich und verliebt See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The design for the number 'One-Two-Three' is based around the paintings of Jean-Honore Fragonard (1732-1806). See more »

Quotes

John Frost: Now, Mr. Jonskill, if you take back your scenery I can't open. If I can't open, no one will be paid. Now your only chance, all of you, is let me open.
Jonskill: It's not the money, Mr. Frost, it's the principle!
Creditor: Aye, the principle!
John Frost: [puzzled] You... you don't want the money?
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Connections

Referenced in Sajan (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Would You - Could You?
Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Lyrics by Jack Fishman
Performed by Vera-Ellen (dubbed by Eve Boswell (uncredited))
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Very nice comedy, strangely poor musical
7 November 2010 | by imdb-8006See all my reviews

As a lightweight British post-war comedy, it's fine. David Niven's really charming, Vera-Ellen's trying like crazy. As a musical, it's very odd. There's nearly no 'musical' in it, and when you finally get to the two on-stage numbers near the end, you'll be glad. There's one long imitation Gene Kelly odyssey piece about a little girl in a big city that's strangely small and mean and bad. It looks like it should at the start, but I'd swear there wasn't any choreography design per se, just the general idea of a Kelly avant-garde set. Large scope, small stage, and the routines are so disjointed, you'll wonder how dancers learned the sequences. But as a comedy, it's quite adequate. Vera-Ellen mostly shines as she usually does though it looks like a bit of a struggle to hold onto the lead position. Fortunately for her, pretty soon she'll get a boost from David Niven. He's really the reason you'd want to see this movie, he just couldn't be more forthright, very plainly happy to be there. Caesar Romero's miscast but he's also obviously happy to be working. Both those big presences, Niven's nuanced, Romero's steamrolling, make this a piece of film worth keeping. And of course, as always, the number one attraction is how Vera-Ellen wore the clothes!


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