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the happy years
- kevin sellers
This film is way too G rated for a 1950s non Disney movie about prep school teens, even ones at the turn of the century. To take the most egregious example, it omits all reference to the biggest concern of school teens everywhere and at every time period, namely sex. Indeed, with the exception of one brief scene, there are no attractive women, teenage or otherwise, on screen. I also had a problem with the faux backdrops and obvious back lot sets. Pretty cheesy for a movie directed by William Wellman of "Oxbow Incident" and "Public Enemy" fame. I realize that MGM wasn't about to shoot on location at Lawrenceville (although considering that this film is a recruitment poster for that particular prep school I'm sure they would have footed at least part of the bill!) but did they have to make it painfully obvious that the outdoor locations were Southern California and not rural N.J.? However, helping the film immensely is a wonderful performance in the lead from the greatest child actor ever to grace Tinseltown, Dean Stockwell. Indeed, all the kids turn in decent to good performances, a feat that must be due in large part to Wellman. Also, I very much appreciate the general air of light heartedness and not taking itself overly seriously that graces the entire proceedings. And that great British character actor Leo G. Carroll has never been better than as a slightly acerbic yet deeply sympathetic school master. So let's give it a generous B minus for Dean, Leo and Wild Bill.
Happy Day To Dean Stockwell
Always a delight to see Dean in any film or TV show,this is no exception!
this movie shows that a well written and directed movie with good young actors can still outscore all the speacil effects and profanity in the movies these days.such a delightful film that brings out comedy as well as all feelings of the human soul.A for this movie!!!!!
The Happy Years
- John Ramirez
I have seen this movie and even though it was turn of the century 1800's, it is still relevant today, late in 2012. I want to watch the whole movie on Youtube like I used to when I would share some of the scenes with my students to prove a point or to let them know that although times may have changed, some things still remain the same. Great movie!
The Happy Years
- Cindy Rozier
Great movie. Recently recorded this movie off of the movie channel and shared with my 15 & 12 year old sons and husband. We all loved it. Very funny and my boys could easily relate to the characters. Would love to be able to get it on DVD. Hope that they decide to release it.
Would love to see this movie again!
- Pat R
I saw this movie a few times on TV when I was younger and remember how it made us laugh, especially my dad. They don't make them like this anymore and I would love my daughter to see it with me. Hope you play it soon--I'll be watching for it. Thanks!
They do not make them like this anymore.
- Dave Gardner
The Happy Years is an absolutely delightful movie. I never saw it when I was a child and I only came across it when you recently aired it. I am over 50 now. I have told my nephew all about it and he is keen to see it. Why hasn't it been released on DVD. The scene at the end when Dink from the top of the verandah steps spots the girl in the chair and topples down the steps is absolutely fantastic. It somes up the whole movie - let nothing bother you and you can achieve anything if you try.
- William Hullfish
I love this movie. Maybe I am not as objective as some because I was born and raised in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The plot centers around Lawrenceville Prep School and the surrounding area. It was filmed in Lawrenceville. It also is directed by the the great director, William Weelman.
Why no DVD available on this delightful movie?
- Steve Yohe
What a great family film! There are so many memorable scenes. Who can forget the pancake eating contest and the Maude Adams prank to name just a few? I can't resist watching it everytime it's on.
Please show again soon.
- Craig W. Newman
Thank you for running "The Happy Years" again so soon.Unfortunately I missed it again.Please show the film once more in March if you can.
Hubby was thrilled
I had left the TV on in the wee hours of the morning and "The Happy Years" was just going off when my husband got up for work.He was so thrilled this movie had aired, but VERY disappointed that we missed it!! I have since been searching for the DVD. He told me he had watched it with friends when he was young and they ALL LOVED IT.Please make this wonderful movie available on DVD. We will purchase a few: one for us and more as gifts.
- Robert Tluczek
I watched it when I was a youngster and totally loved it. I have not seen it in many years but still remember it well.
Simply a delightful movie. Wish it could be purchased on DVD.
Best movie of 1950
Great characters, great story line, great acting, a truly great movie!