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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 »

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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Mignonette Chappuis
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Felice Bonnard
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Mr. Frye - School Principal
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Alfred Grattin
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Peggy O'Hare
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Jimmy Bishop
Ann Faber ...
Yvonne Bonnard
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Miss Tate - Schoolteacher
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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.

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3 December 1952 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Mein Sohn entdeckt die Liebe  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marsha Hunt was offered the same part in the original Broadway production but turned it down. The part ultimately went to Leora Dana, who met and married actor Kurt Kaszner during the run of the play. See more »

Quotes

Susan Bonnard: [as Grandpere emerges from the house in his finery] Grandpa!
Grandpere Bonnard: Ah, bon soir. I'm late.
Susan Bonnard: Where are you going?
Grandpere Bonnard: Out.
Susan Bonnard: You should be in bed!
Grandpere Bonnard: It is only a matter of time.
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Features The Son of the Sheik (1926) See more »

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Gavotte
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Music by François-Joseph Gossec
Arranged by John Leipold
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Not Quebec
22 July 2007 | by See 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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