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the happy time
- kevin sellers
This movie about French Canadians in Ottawa, filmed with great authenticity on a Columbia back lot and featuring mostly American actors, should come with a damp cloth to enable the viewer to wipe away the sticky sweet sentimentality that has accrued after just five minutes of viewing. Hard to believe that the director of "Boston Strangler" and "10 Rillington Place" helmed this exercise in vapidity, but then again Richard Fleischer was always known as a "sweet guy" who did what he was told. Give it a C for cloying. P.S. According to previous reviewer Raymond Banacki the actor who played the insufferably cute Bibi was found dead at 31 in an East Village tenement. Now there's a movie I'd like to see!
the family everyone will have..someday.
one day kurt kaszner is a part of a great project like this. the next..another great project..like land of the giants..that might have a blooper reel with a giant plastic mold of the butt of kevin hagen cutting a fart on his head.charles boyer..nice acting job..too bad he could not raise a stink about never getting an academy award.. part of a secret pact involving jerry lewis. the story was about a family..same kind of material people have seen many times by now.still..when done well people may still like it. it would be nice to hear about a native American family with ..wacky..tender problems..with love and what not...for what this movie was ..it was nice. no harm..no foul. expect more family stories ..of different types to come.
- Joy K.
I remember watching this movie, possibly ten years ago. Love the cast, the characters. It's just such a cheerful and delightful film. It's one of those movies that puts a smile on your face. One if my favorites. I'm sorry I missed it this morning. I hope it see it this same time next year. Maybe even sooner. I highly recommend it.
The Happy Time - Great Flick
- Margie H
I had never heard of this movie, but I truly enjoyed it! I wish it was available for purchase and I'm voting for it to become available so I can share it with my kids (all adult children now). Great Father's Day pick as well! Thanks!
Thank you for the Father's Day gift
Where has this film been all my life? Wonderful in every sense of the word. Direction, production, acting, scenario. Boyer not my favorite actor. But in this jewel, perfect. In fact, none of the actors are on my top-ten. But, here today, brilliant. And, Marcel Dalio an unexpected gift. Thank you TCM!
I just wanted to add one point to the positive reviews of 'The Happy Time'. This is the second film shown this month on TCM that was later turned into a musical by Fred Ebb and John Kander ('Cabaret' 'Chicago'). Their musical version of 'The Happy Time' starred Robert Goulet and David Wayne.
Best movie I'd never heard of
- Peter G
Absolutely wonderful. It sounds old fashioned to say so, but this movie is enchanting.Beautifully acted. Great story. Great characters and a happy ending to boot!Sadly, it doesn't seem to be available on DVD.
The Happy Time
Thought I'd seen them all... this gem somehow eluded me. Loved the film, and can't believe its not available for purchase.
Joyful, Good Clean Fun!
- Karen Lee
Definitely a great movie. Really enjoyed Charles Boyer in this one. Can't wait to see it again!!!
A First-Rate Family Comedy
- Raymond Banacki
"The Happy Time" is such a charming family comedy by none other than Samuel A. Taylor, who is famous for his play, "Sabrina Fair" and his screenplay for "Vertigo". The screenplay about young Bibi's coming of age in a rather eccentric French-Canadian family is beautifully written and the direction by Richard Fleischer, who is perhaps best-known for "Compulsion", is both lively and inventive. The film is also beautifully cast with both stars like Charles Boyer and well-known character actors like Jeannette Nolan. But the film is truly anchored by the highly engaging performance of Bobby Driscoll, who was, let's face it, a genuine movie star. Driscoll somehow went on to a rather tragic fate later in life as he ended up an unidentified corpse in an abandoned building in NYC's East Village. To experience his brilliance in this superb Stanley Kramer production is deeply and sadly tinged by this knowledge of his sad, sad ending.
One Of The Best!!!!
This movie is one of the best films i've ever seen. I'm young and I have a passion for watching great films, sadly they don't exist too much in my generation so i've decided to look to other generations for great story telling and amazing actors and it looks like i've found them. "The Happy Time" is perfect! it's a wonderful family film about a young boy (Bobby Driscoll) beginning the process of becoming a man, with the help of four men in his life that inspire him the most, his grand father, his two uncles one an alcoholic, the other a womanizer, and his father. I love this film Bobby Driscoll shines in his performance as well as the other actors, and actresses! This Film Is A Must See!!!!
The Happy Time
- Doris Wilbury
I have not had the opportunity to see this movie until this morning. (3/28/10) Also, I turned it on about half way into the movie. However, I found this movie to be an absolute treasure. A wonderful lesson of human nature, life experience and the knowledge that experience brings. The highlight for me was the intimate discussion between Father & Son on the facts of Love & Desire. The writers orchestrated the most beautiful & eloquent explanation of the difference between sexual desire within the emotional depth of true love & sexual desire for nothing other than desire.I wish this had been explained to me like that when I was a youth. To have an understanding of those souls that end up bitter & unhappy having never understood that most beautiful of life's gifts... Desire With Love.
The title of the movie says it all!!! By Hollywood standards a "little" movie which I hadn't seen since it first came out in the mid 50's. In spite of its disappearance . . . the memory lingered on . . . making it probably an all time favorite . . . worthy of inclusion in the "golden age" of the late 20's to late 40's cinema!!! The entire movie exemplifies love of family and joy and leaves you smiling for a very long time! If it is made available on DVD I would not only get one for myself but I would also give it as gifts.
Charming story of family life
- Jarrod McDonald
The film is obviously stage-bound in nature, but the characters are so well-drawn and the performance so engaging that you don't notice the less cinematic aspects of the picture. In particular, Charles Boyer as the liberal father and Louis Jourdan as his prodigal brother seem to anchor the story which revolves around Boyer's son who is coming of age, as played by child actor Bobby Driscoll. I felt the cast was well-chosen, and each performer seemed to bring a lively energy to his part. The real highlights are the scenes in which the men band together, despite their flaws, faults and handicaps, to protect one another and support one another. A key example of this is the scene where Boyer and Jourdan go down to the school to deal with a harsh corporal punishment-minded school official. There are also plenty of drinking scenes with another brother who lives next door and seems to occasion wine with everything. The film is also bilingual (on a minor level, since much of it is in English). This is a great feel-good-about-yourself-and-life type movie. My only quibble with it is that there should've been a sequel.
Such A Charming Movie!
I was just channel surfing after a big meal on Thanksgiving and I came upon this movie on the TCM Channel. To my surprise, I have never seen this movie and was immediatley drawn into the story of a young boy coming of age. Charles Boyer plays the father that displays the consummate liberal French attitude that is so sweet, genuine and honest. It isn't on home video yet but I am hoping soon it wil be,.Thanks TCM for selecting this movie.