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The Happy Time (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 3 December 1952 (Denmark)
Spring inspires lessons in love and life for a French family in 1920s Ottawa, especially for teenage Robert, who's blind to the attentions of an American neighbor girl, because he's ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Earl Felton (screenplay), Robert Fontaine (stories) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Boyer ... Jacques Bonnard
Louis Jourdan ... Uncle Desmond Bonnard
Marsha Hunt ... Susan Bonnard
Bobby Driscoll ... Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard
Linda Christian ... Mignonette Chappuis
Kurt Kasznar ... Uncle Louis Bonnard
Marcel Dalio ... Grandpere Bonnard
Jeanette Nolan ... Felice Bonnard
Jack Raine ... Mr. Frye - School Principal
Richard Erdman ... Alfred Grattin
Marlene Cameron ... Peggy O'Hare
Gene Collins Gene Collins ... Jimmy Bishop
Ann Faber Ann Faber ... Yvonne Bonnard
Kathryn Sheldon Kathryn Sheldon ... Miss Tate - Schoolteacher
Edward Clark ... Dr. Marchaud
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Storyline

Spring inspires lessons in love and life for a French family in 1920s Ottawa, especially for teenage Robert, who's blind to the attentions of an American neighbor girl, because he's infatuated with the beautiful new maid, fleeing life as a magician's assistant. Robert's mother bemoans some of the Bonnard family male role models available to Robert: his party animal grandfather, roguish traveling salesman uncle Desmond, and an uncle who carries a water cooler filled with wine everywhere while his wife does all the work. As Desmond's temporarily off the road, he also targets the maid. Written by David Stevens

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"Eet ees magnifique". And it's all about the birds and the bees...and a lot of delightful people.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 December 1952 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Mein Sohn entdeckt die Liebe See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Kurt Kasznar originally looked for too much money and was replaced by Zero Mostel. However Columbia head Harry Cohn was adamant that anyone being investigated by the HUAC would not work at his studio, and so Kasznar was rehired. See more »

Quotes

Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard: Look, maman, what Uncle Desmond sent. A photograph of himself and two nice ladies.
Susan Bonnard: Nice ladies! Jacques, will you look at this? Bibi, go up and wash your hands.
Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard: They're not dirty!
Susan Bonnard: At once.
[Bibi leaves]
Susan Bonnard: Well? You know what's on my mind. Show it to Grandpa.
Grandpere Bonnard: [glancing briefly, then, dismissively] Too skinny.
Susan Bonnard: What do you suppose Bibi thinks of a thing like this?
Jacques Bonnard: Thinks? He thinks nothing. He's only happy that Desmond remembered his birthday.
Susan Bonnard: But these women! Who ARE they? WHAT are they? You know ...
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The Happy Time
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
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A Charming Film about Family Life in Quebec
21 April 2006 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

I saw this film only once forty years ago, but I really enjoyed it. Charles Boyer is the head of a Quebecois family who has to face normal problems of his son's growing up, his brothers (Kurt Kazner and Louis Jourdan) and their problems. It was very heart warming. An example of this is towards the end when Boyer's son (Bobby Driscoll) has been somewhat framed by a rival at his school, and has been humiliated and punished by an unreasonable, martinet teacher (corporal punishment is allowed in Quebec in the 1920s, when the story occurs, and the teacher used a switch on Driscoll). Boyer goes to see the teacher, and discovers that the latter has made a mistake that can be misconstrued as illegal behavior. When Driscoll was whipped the teacher had insisted on him telling the truth. Grabbing the switch, Boyer starts demanding the truth from the teacher now. It was quite an enjoyable moment.

The film was later turned into a Broadway musical also called THE HAPPY TIME, starring Robert Goelet. Occasionally the theme song of that show is revived (usually Goelet's recording of it) on radio.


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