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  • U
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1944
  • 110 mins

This Happy Breed

This Happy Breed

Synopsis

Coward's domestic saga is an engagingly unreal trot through early 20th Century British history, making whistle-stops at 1920s jazz clubs, the General Strike, the Depression and the Second World War

About

It's a world in which the tight-jawed, cut-glass Johnson is offered as an archetype of British motherhood and Newton - usually cast as a roaring boy - the reassuring face of patriarchy. Mills represents the armed forces and Holloway the working classes.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Amy Veness, Robert Newton, John Mills, Kay Walsh, Stanley Holloway, Celia Johnson
  • Director: David Lean
  • Writer: David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan
  • Producer: Anthony Havelock-Allan, Noel Coward
  • Photographer: Elvira Bolz, Ronald Neame

In a nutshell

A toff propagandist's England, of course. But once you've got over its peculiar patrician tones and bitty structure, there's much to enjoy - not least the changing frocks and haircuts and wallpapers.

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