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Happiness Ahead

Happiness Ahead(1934)

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Wealthy society woman Joan Bradford finds high society boring. With her father's secret permission, she slips out of a New Year's Eve party where her engagement to Jelliffe Travis is to be announced and, on impulse, enters a Chinese restaurant. Seated alone, she soon joins the party at the next table and meets Bob Lane, an employee of a window washing company. Afraid that her money will scare Bob away, she rents an apartment and pretends to be poor, telling Bob That her maid, Anna, and Anna's boyfriend, Chuck, the Bradford's chauffeur, are casual friends. Bob and Joan begin dating and plan to marry as soon as Bob can save the money to start his own company. Joan, meanwhile, tries to explain matters to her society-conscious mother and is seen by Bob driving away with Chuck. Joan secretly borrows the money from her father Henry, hoping to speed things up, but Bob, who is washing windows himself after a threat from gangsters frightened some of his crew, sees the transaction and misunderstands. He breaks with Joan, pretending he only wanted her money, and then visits Henry to return the check and tell him that Joan was two-timing him with Chuck as well. Henry realizes what has happened and rushes with Bob to stop Joan from leaving on an airplane with Jelliffe. With her father's enthusiastic support, Joan and Bob are reunited.