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Happiness Ahead (1934)

Approved | | Musical, Comedy, Romance | 27 October 1934 (USA)
Society heiress Joan Bradford rebels against her mother's choice of a future husband by masquerading as a working class girl and dating a window washer.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Harry Sauber (screen play), Brian Marlow (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Powell ... Bob Lane
Josephine Hutchinson ... Joan Bradford
John Halliday ... Henry Bradford
Frank McHugh ... Tom
Allen Jenkins ... Chuck
Ruth Donnelly ... Anna
Dorothy Dare ... Josie
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Bradford
Gavin Gordon ... 'Jellie' Travis
Russell Hicks ... Jim Meehan
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Travis
J.M. Kerrigan ... Window Washer Boss
Mary Treen ... Bob's Comedienne Friend
Mary Russell Mary Russell ... Bob's Friend at the Pekin
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Davis - the Landlady
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Storyline

Joan's parents want her to marry young Travis, but Joan has no interest in him. So on New Years Eve, she goes out to a club where she meets Bob. Things click and she rents an apartment in the city so that she can date Bob and he will not know that she is RICH. He works for the Peerless Window Cleaners, but hopes to soon have his own window cleaning company. The problems between Bob and Joan start when he see's Joan getting a check from an older man and also finds that she does not stay in her apartment after he drops her off. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boldogság a láthatáron See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The working title of the film was "Gentlemen Are Born" - a title that was used on another Warner Brothers picture in 1934. See more »

Quotes

Bob Lane: [angrily to Joan as he leaves] You know, I'm pretty goodabout that cheating business myself! And all that junk I fed you about being in love with ya was just a lot of conversation! Give me a buzzz if you want some windows washed! I'm goin' into business! You know, you may not look so bad from the outside!
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Crazy Credits

Quite unusually for this era, there's a short pre-credit sequence: a complete refrain of the title song is sung before the main title card is shown. The First National logo zooms toward us out of clouds (just as the WB logo more familiarly does) then Dick Powell is superimposed over the same clouds singing "Happiness Ahead" directly to us. See more »

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Remade as Love and Learn (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

All on Account of a Strawberry Sundae
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by Dorothy Dare and Dick Powell, Powell at the piano
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cute little love story
12 April 2017 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

In every episode of Three's Company, someone tells a fib, it snowballs into bigger problems, and it's all finally resolved in the end. There's the plot of Happiness Ahead, from First National. Rich girl Joan (Jo Hutchinson) doesn't want to marry her assigned boyfriend, so she goes to great lengths to chase blue collar worker "Bob" (Dick Powell) who opens the film by singing "Happiness Ahead". The nasal Allen Jenkins is in here as the butler... we usually see him playing the wisecracking gangsters. Frank McHugh is in here as Tom, for comedy relief. And Jane Darwell (Ma Joad !) is the landlady that clues Bob in to what's going on. Cute little film. Fun little love story. Nothing that will tax the brain... I could have done with less singing numbers, but that's what everyone was doing in those days. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, who was six when the big quake hit san francisco. Quite an interesting tale.


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