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Happy Go Lovely (1951)

B.G. Bruno, a rich bachelor, the head of a successful greeting-card company in Scotland, is essentially a kind man but respectable to the point of stodginess and extreme stuffiness. An ... See full summary »

Director:

H. Bruce Humberstone (as Bruce Humberstone)

Writers:

Val Guest (screen-play), Friedrich Dammann (based on a film story by) (as F.Dammann) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... B.G. Bruno
Vera-Ellen ... Janet Jones
Cesar Romero ... John Frost
Bobby Howes Bobby Howes ... Charlie
Diane Hart ... Mae
Gordon Jackson ... Paul Tracy
Barbara Couper Barbara Couper ... Madame Amanda
Henry Hewitt Henry Hewitt ... Dodds
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Mrs. Urquhart
Hugh Dempster Hugh Dempster ... Bates
Sandra Dorne ... Betty
Joyce Carey ... Bruno's Secretary
John Laurie ... Jonskill
Wylie Watson ... Stage Door Keeper
Joan Heal Joan Heal ... Phyllis Gardiner
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Storyline

B.G. Bruno, a rich bachelor, the head of a successful greeting-card company in Scotland, is essentially a kind man but respectable to the point of stodginess and extreme stuffiness. An American troupe visiting Edinburgh wants to produce a musical in town but has trouble getting backers. Bruno meets several of the leading ladies of the show; through a misunderstanding he doesn't correct they think that he's a newspaper reporter. He falls in love with one of the women, who reciprocates; he grows more lively and friendly, to the surprise of his employees. After a series of mishaps and comic incidents comes a happy ending: a successful show and true love. Written by Mark. Gooley <gooley@mcn.net>

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Fun, Youth, Romance set to music! See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1951 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Glücklich und verliebt See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vera-Ellen's vocals are dubbed by British singer Eve Boswell. See more »

Quotes

John Frost: Now, Mr. Jonskill, if you take back your scenery I can't open. If I can't open, no one will be paid. Now your only chance, all of you, is let me open.
Jonskill: It's not the money, Mr. Frost, it's the principle!
Creditor: Aye, the principle!
John Frost: [puzzled] You... you don't want the money?
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Referenced in Sajan (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

MacIntosh's Wedding
Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Lyrics by Barbara Gordon
Sung by Joan Heal (uncredited)
Danced by principal dancers and dance chorus including Vera-Ellen
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Happy Go Lovely is a highly amusing British musical comedy
10 August 2007 | by tavmSee all my reviews

A few years ago, I bought several $1 DVD's that contained two movies each. One of them had Three Broadway Girls (an alternate title for The Greeks Had a Word for Them) and this one, Happy Go Lovely. It's basically a backstage musical comedy that takes place in Scotland and concerns mistaken identity involving one of the dancers hitching a ride from a millionaire's limousine. Vera-Ellen is that dancer and-wow, what legs! Ceasar Romero is her producer who takes a chance on her after the original leading lady leaves because he thinks she's dating the millionaire whose car I just mentioned. And David Niven is that rich guy who, when looking for Vera-Ellen, is mistaken for a reporter who's supposed to interview her but gets stalled by Romero. What I've just mentioned may be confusing but (mostly) makes sense if you're willing to check your brain while watching this charmingly screwball comedy with wonderful musical numbers as performed by the exquisite Ms. Vera-Ellen. Romero can be a bit frantic here but Niven becomes hilariously bemused throughout. The print I saw was actually pretty good considering its age and the fact that it's in public domain. And Vera-Ellen does pretty well with her lines since she's not really an actress. So on that note, I highly recommend Happy Go Lovely for movie buffs who love old-fashioned musical comedies.


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