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Wat leven wij gelukkig (1944)

This Happy Breed (original title)
Noël Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after World War I, the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. An ordinary sort of life is ... See full summary »

Director:

David Lean

Writers:

David Lean (adapted for the screen by), Ronald Neame (adapted for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Newton ... Frank Gibbons
Celia Johnson ... Ethel Gibbons
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Mrs. Flint
Alison Leggatt Alison Leggatt ... Aunt Sylvia
Stanley Holloway ... Bob Mitchell
John Mills ... Billy Mitchell
Kay Walsh ... Queenie
Eileen Erskine ... Vi
John Blythe ... Reg
Guy Verney Guy Verney ... Sam Leadbitter
Betty Fleetwood Betty Fleetwood ... Phyllis Blake
Merle Tottenham ... Edie
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Storyline

Noël Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after World War I, the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. An ordinary sort of life is led by the family through the years with average number of triumphs and disasters until the outbreak of World War II. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1944 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Wat leven wij gelukkig See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Sir David Lean's first movie in color. See more »

Goofs

When the furniture is being taken into the kitchen in the opening scenes, an extra is reflected in the glass of the kitchen door just after Sylvia enters with the groceries. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: After four long years of war, the men are coming home.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This is the story of a London family from 1919 to 1939. See more »


Soundtracks

For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by the crowd to the Prime Minister
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Up there with the very best. Wonderful !
5 November 2004 | by fleetstarSee all my reviews

This film caught me completely unawares. I had never heard of it until it presented itself on daytime television one afternoon. I really dislike this type of film, as I find most of the time is spent on mediocre happenings in predictable situations. (Ordinary peoples lives are very boring). I was therefore amazed at the fact that I couldn't leave it, Maybe it's because I am getting older or maybe the people in this film reminded me of the adults of the 1950's when I was a child.

The acting is absolutely superb, you really believe in this family and the ups and downs of their lives. The direction of David Lean polishes the excellent cast performance, what more can I say ! ......Fantastic.....


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