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The Happy Time (1952)





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The Happy Time was adapted from the long-running Broadway play by Samuel Taylor, which in turn was based on the novel by Robert Fontaine. Set in Quebec during the early part of the 20th century, the film concentrates on the activities of a large French-Canadian family headed by Charles Boyer. Most of the humor arises from "coming of age" complications and sexual awakenings, especially when worldly prodigal son Louis Jourdan returns to the fold and exercises his influence on impressionable young Bobby Driscoll. Not permitted to include the racier portions of the play, director Richard Fleischer compensated by adopting a frenetic, farcelike pace, which works about half the time. Happy Time was later musicalized on Broadway in the 1960s, with Robert Goulet in the Louis Jourdan part.


Charles Boyer
as Jacques Bonnard
Louis Jourdan
as Uncle Desmonde
Marsha Hunt
as Susan Bonnard
Kurt Kasznar
as Uncle Louis
Linda Christian
as Mignonette Chappuis
Marcel Dalio
as Grandpere Bonnard
Jack Raine
as Mr. Frye
Richard Erdman
as Alfred Grattin
Marlene Cameron
as Peggy O'Hare
Gene Collins
as Jimmy Bishop
Ann Faber
as Yvonne
Kathrun Sheldon
as Miss Tate
Kathryn Sheldon
as Miss Tate
Maurice Marsac
as The Great Gaspari
Will Wright
as Dr. Marchaud
Eugene Borden
as M. Lafayette
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The Happy Time takes a sweet look at a twelve-year-old being indoctrinated into the mysteries of life in 1910 in Ottawa.

November 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Charming melodrama of domestic misadventures.

April 30, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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