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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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based on play | See All (1) »

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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: It's not Uncle Desmond's fault! Only Peggy O'Hare's. When the principal asks her if I drew the picture, she says yes, I drew it! It's a lie, I didn't draw it!
Susan Bonnard: But why would Peggy tell a lie like that about you?
Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard: I don't understand! She kicks me, she trips me, she spills ink on my books!
[the brothers begin to exchange knowing smiles]
Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard: Why does she do this to me?
Jacques Bonnard: Ah!
Uncle Desmond Bonnard: Oh ho!
Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard: But why?
Jacques Bonnard: Well, Bibi, it is that Peggy wishes to be your girl.
Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard: My girl?
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Connections

Featured in TCM Guest Programmer: Paul Aguirre (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Happy Time
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
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Not Quebec
22 July 2007 | by cocgleSee all my reviews

this is a minor detail but the family is not Quebecois, the are actually French-speaking Ontarians.

The father and his brothers are French and (Protestant!!)immigrants to Ottawa (Ontario) and the mother is of Scottish descent. This explains in part why the film did not garner much enthusiasm among French Canadians who generally viewed being protestant and French as being akin to treason.

The movie is based on a series of short stories by Robert Lafontaine about his childhood in Ottawa's Lower Town. The stories were very popular in the 1940's and became a play. The play has since become a minor staple of high school productions.


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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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