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"Rusty lived a rich life"
- Jeff Boston
Indeed, Gramp, gratified that his grandson was blessed to be brought up "in a pretty nice country ... the finest there is." The Greatest Generation grandson died "in the performance of his duty and in service to his country" and was one of the many "Heroes of Hartfield," a town that symbolized so many in our country during the days of duty and sacrifice.
- Maria Ramos
What a Gem! This movie should be shown on Memorial Day, and Veteran's Day. Love Don Ameche! And all the supporting actors. This movie helps us to appreciate the veterans who gave their lives in the fight against Fascism. Please show this movie more often. There are so many lessons to learn from this movie. And to think think the director/writer was Blacklisted!
MUCH-LOVED BY MANY PEOPLE, HAPPY LAND
- el debbo
I was touched by the review by a man named Bliss, written recently. This town reminds me of the town where I grew up, too, but it wasn't Montvale NJ, it was Tallmadge, Ohio. And that little town was filled with wonderful people, many of the men were WWII vets, and thus I saw alot of kindness, community spirit, and people who were clean, well-dressed and not dropping curse words left right and center. A different time, place, generation. When the movie opens with the hay-mowing, I see the farm behind our house. I get teary-eyed whenever I watch this, too. It's just a great movie and every actor is superb. America as it was, I hold it close to my heart.
- William Bliss
For some reason I cry every time I watch this. Happy Land is such a gut wrenching film. The small Iowa town depicted in this film reminds me of the town square in Montvale NJ where I grew up ages ago. I miss those times. You could travel downtown and always meet someone you knew.The drugstore scene where Rusty contributed his allowance to allow the elderly man pain medicine for his wife shook me up to my very core. You just don't see people like this anymore and it is hear breaking to realize that their will never be a generation this great again.
Change in Score?
- Gary Alexander
When I first saw this movie in the early 1940's the score of America The Beautiful was so strong and prominent throughout the film that for years I thought the name of the film WAS "America the Beautiful." Years later when the film was shown on TV (I knew by then its true name was Happy Land) I was shocked to hear a completely different score. How could this be? Could a complete scvore be changed? Why? For what reason? I hope someone can answer this.Thank you,Gary AlexanderN.Y.
- steve wahl
It would be great to see HAPPY LAND again.I grew up watching and loving the old black and white movies of the 30's and 40's on tv and I never forgot watching Happy land with Don Ameche,it was a beautiful loving movie which showed the love that parents had for there son who went overseas to protect and fight for us,and how when they learned of there sons lost remembering the wonderful time they had with there son as he grew up and then left for war.it was a picture that expressed what those times were like for parents.It would be nice if TCM would be able to play this movie for all to see,fans of Don Ameche and fans of great movies from that era
Happy Land - WONDERFUL!
- Merilee Reske
PLEASE, PLEASE bring us Happy Land on VHS or DVD - I loved this movie! My father and his boy scout troup had a tiny part in it, and I would love to be able to either record it for him or buy it. Happy Land is a TRUE classic and I would not only recommend it to all, but would love to see it again - and hopefully add it to his collection!
Bring Back HAPPY LAND
A true classic of world war 2 homefront movies. I first saw it in 1943 when I was 16 and a few times afterwards. Along with THE HUMAN COMEDY and BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, HAPPY LAND was a heartwarming depiction of how the War affected the ordinary American family. Don Ameche,as the father of a son killed in action, gives one of his finest performances. Young and "tough" as I was at the time, I cried along with his heartbreak. Bring this movie back, please, if only as a tribute to those who lived through those years.
The Little Movie That Could
- Lori Wilcots
I first saw The Happy Land in 1987 on cable and have never forgotten it. I still have a VHS tape of it and try to tell movie buffs about this touching movie. The part I remember most, and the whole movie is memorable, is when Anton Caverk describes how Rusty died trying to help another sailor, and how he thought quite a bit of Rusty. As Lew and Agnes listen and realize that the way their son was, is just the way they raised him to be. When I first saw the ending, I kept hoping that maybe Rusty wasn't dead after all, but life just doesn't work that way. Great movie!!!!!
Put Happy Land on DVD!
This is a wonderful film, and is an honest account of a parent dealing with theloss of his only son during wartime. Don Ameche is great. Look for NatalieWood's first screen appearance, as she drops her ice cream cone near the beginning. You also see a young Harry Morgan in this film. I wish the studio would release it on DVD. I have it taped on video from a TV program in the 80's. When will it come back? My tape is wearing out!
A great movie! Please show it!!!!!
I used to have this movie on tape from the 80's when I first saw it. Unfortunately it was mistakenly taped over. It is a wonderfully nostalgic movie, the acting is great! I love the post WWII movies that actually dealt with how people felt during and right after the war. This story is believeable and probably happened to many folks that lost loved ones in the war. I don't think everyone was going around hearing their dead grandfather speak to them though! Still, a great movie and I sure wish TCM would show it! PLEASE!!!!!! It is not available on home video of any kind.