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Let's Be Happy (1957)

An American salesman pursues an heiress from Vermont, who is in turn being wooed by a Scottish lord in financial need.

Director:

Henry Levin

Writers:

Diana Morgan (screenplay), Dorothy Cooper (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera-Ellen ... Jeannie MacLean
Tony Martin ... Stanley Smith
Robert Flemyng ... Lord James MacNairn
Zena Marshall ... Helene
Helen Horton Helen Horton ... Sadie Whitelaw
Beckett Bould Beckett Bould ... Rev. MacDonald
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... French Ticket Clerk
Vernon Greeves Vernon Greeves ... First Air France Steward
Richard Molinas Richard Molinas ... Bearded Man
Eugene Deckers ... Dining Car Attendant
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Hotel Reception Clerk
Paul Young Paul Young ... Page Boy Bobby
Peter Sinclair Peter Sinclair ... MacTavish
Magda Miller Magda Miller ... Mrs. MacTavish
Brian Oulton ... Hotel Valet
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Storyline

Twenty-eight year old Jeannie MacLean has led a simple life taking care of her frugal grandfather in the small town of Heatherdale, Vermont. After her grandfather passes away, Jeannie, who has no money even to pay the funeral bills, learns that he has left all of his money to her, money she didn't know he had, in the amount of $4,952, which to her is a small fortune. Before she settles down with whatever she will now do instead of taking care of him, Jeannie decides to take a trip to Scotland, most specifically to Edinburgh as a jumping off point to where their ancestors are from, namely Loch Lomond. En route via Paris (the only last minute flight she can get), she meets American inventor and businessman Stanley Smith from Boise, Idaho, he who is going to Paris on business in trying to sell a combination washing machine/ironing machine he invented. He becomes her knight in shining armor as he helps her, unaccustomed to the ways of travel, with one bind after another all the way to ... Written by Huggo

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Tony Rocks 'Em!! Vera Rolls 'Em!!

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Musical

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | German | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

26 May 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Frau meiner Sehnsucht See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55:1
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Trivia

In the train sequence, Tony Martin's character reports his age as 36, while Vera-Ellen's character admits to being 22. Later in the film, Martin takes a peek at Vera-Ellen's passport and his response indicates that she lied significantly about her age. At the time of filming, Martin was actually 44 and Vera-Ellen was 36. See more »

Quotes

Helene: [French gold-digger] Do you want somezing?
Stanley Smith: You're sitting on it.
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Version of Jeannie (1941) See more »

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Hold On To Love
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Written by Nicholas Brodszky and Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Tony Martin
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Ouch
19 September 2011 | by misctidsandbitsSee all my reviews

I like a lot of the older movies, including B movies and less than stellar musicals. While this one had the Scottish scenery going for it, that's about all as far as I am concerned. Tried to go it, but just couldn't. Too many "ouchies." Vera-Ellen, while good in other things, was a bit painful to watch in this. Same for Tony Martin. The redhead was, to me, hard on the eyes and nerves. The lord character was lackluster.

Surprised at the comments of other reviewers that Cyd Charise should have had the female lead. Good grief. Get some proportion. While Tony Martin was married to Cyd Charise, there is a huge difference in their movie presence and draw. They don't cast parts to be cutesy.

Ms. Charise played and co-starred with major stars in top films. Mr. Martin never did. There's no comparison. This was way too low a production for Ms. Charise. While Mr. Martin enjoyed success as a recording artist, a strong actor, he wasn't. I didn't even care for his singing in this. Forget the acting, on anyone's part.

Definitely give this one a pass - as in pass up. Good performances can override a bad script/plot. That didn't happen here.


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