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Happy Days (1929)

Passed | | Musical | 13 February 1930 (USA)
Margie, singer on a showboat, decides to try her luck in New York inspite of being in love with the owners grandson. She is successful, but suddenly she hears that the showboat is in deep ... See full summary »

Director:

Benjamin Stoloff

Writers:

Sidney Lanfield (story), Edwin J. Burke (story) (as Edwin Burke) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles E. Evans Charles E. Evans ... Colonel Billy Batcher
Marjorie White ... Margie
Richard Keene ... Dick
Stuart Erwin ... Jig
Martha Lee Sparks Martha Lee Sparks ... Nancy Lee
Clifford Dempsey Clifford Dempsey ... Sheriff Benton
James J. Corbett ... Interlocutor - Minstrel Show
George MacFarlane ... Interlocutor - Minstrel Show
Janet Gaynor ... Janet Gaynor
Charles Farrell ... Charles Farrell
Victor McLaglen ... Minstrel Show Performer
El Brendel ... Minstrel Show Performer
William Collier Sr. ... End Man - Minstrel Show
Tom Patricola ... Minstrel Show Performer
George Jessel ... Minstrel Show Performer
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Storyline

Margie, singer on a showboat, decides to try her luck in New York inspite of being in love with the owners grandson. She is successful, but suddenly she hears that the showboat is in deep financial trouble, and she calls all the boats former stars to join in a big show to rescue it. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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riverboat | revue | See All (2) »

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For sheer Happiness and Joy of Entertainment! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dias Felizes See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Color:

Black and White (Grandeur)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Betty Grable. See more »

Alternate Versions

Filmed and released in two versions: standard (35 mm) and widescreen in the Grandeur process (70 mm). For its premiere showing, the widescreen version played at the Roxy Theatre in New York City, and was the first film ever shown entirely in widescreen. No print of the widescreen version is known to exist. See more »

Connections

Featured in Biography: Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-up (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

We'll Build a Little World of Our Own
(uncredited)
Music by James F. Hanley
Lyrics by James Brockman
Copyright 1930 by Red Star Music Co. Inc
Performed by Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell
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This "treasure" should have stayed buried
7 May 2013 | by earlytalkieSee all my reviews

This film, which was just another musical in that crowded time of 1929-30, is truly dreadful to experience today. ANY of the musicals done by the other studios during this time would have been better. Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor do a horrible number guaranteed to rot your teeth from all the sugar. Why Fox insisted on putting Frank Richardson in a musical is anybody's guess. A hideous shrieking screeching singer who could give a deaf person a headache. A few of the chorus numbers are okay, but pale next to the work in films like King of Jazz or Show of Shows. This was originally filmed in the early wide-screen process "Grandeur", but now is seen in an old dupe like the vastly superior Just Imagine from the same studio. I like Charles Farrell as Gale Storm's father in My Little Margie, and Janet Gaynor in the terrific A Star Is Born from 1937, but together, they may have been part of the reason for the big backlash against musicals in 1930. They are.......Icky!


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