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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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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:

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Details

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

Susan Bonnard: [Bibi returns to the dining room, adjusting lacy garters on his sleeves] Bibi, what have you got on your sleeves?
Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard: They're too long. Before he left town, Uncle Desmond gave me some garters to hold them up.
Susan Bonnard: Women's garters! Take them off! Look at them! Off some... stranger's legs!
Grandpere Bonnard: To Desmond she was not a stranger.
Susan Bonnard: Jacques!
Jacques Bonnard: Calm yourself, my love. My brother is young.
Susan Bonnard: Your son is younger.
Jacques Bonnard: And after all, there is no great harm in catching garters that are thrown from the stage of the Casino ...
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Connections

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Soundtracks

The Happy Time
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
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One of my most memorable movies
11 October 2005 | by mervyntSee all my reviews

I have not seen this for X decades and remember it with huge delight. I am now going to find a copy so I can see it again. A gentle, weighty movie - in my memory as long as I last. The performances of Boyer, Jourdan and all the others make it a must watch movie. For sentimentalists and for all film lovers. By modern standards this might not be a top notch film, however it is, by any standards, a really watchable and rewarding experience. You will not be able to resist the development of the characters and how they deal with the interpersonal relationships. By the skill of their acting and the subtlety of the direction this is a "must see"


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