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The Happy Years (1950)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 7 July 1950 (USA)
Based on a collection of stories with the focus on young John Humperdink "Dink" Stover, a student at the Lawrenceville Prepatory School, in 1896, whose family, in Eastcester, New York, have... See full summary »

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Owen Johnson (stories), Harry Ruskin (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dean Stockwell ... John Humperdink 'Dink' Stover
Darryl Hickman ... 'Tough' McCarty
Scotty Beckett ... 'Tennessee' Shad
Leon Ames ... Samuel H. Stover - Sr.
Margalo Gillmore ... Maude Stover
Leo G. Carroll ... The Old Roman
Donn Gift ... 'Big Man / Hungry' Smead
Peter M. Thompson Peter M. Thompson ... Samuel 'Sambo' H. Stover Jr. (as Peter Thompson)
Jerry Mickelsen Jerry Mickelsen ... 'Cheyenne' Baxter
Mason Alan Dinehart ... Coffee Colored Angel (as Alan Dinehart III)
David Bair David Bair ... White Mountain Canary
Danny Mummert ... 'Butsey' White
Eddie LeRoy ... 'Polar' Beckstein
George Chandler ... Johnny
Claudia Barrett ... Miss Dolly Travers
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Storyline

Based on a collection of stories with the focus on young John Humperdink "Dink" Stover, a student at the Lawrenceville Prepatory School, in 1896, whose family, in Eastcester, New York, have just about given up on his education because he is an incorrigible student. He gets into one situation after another and incurs the dislike of his classmates, who think he is cowardly but he changes their opinion when he challenges several of them to a fight. When he returns home for the summer, he meets Miss Dolly Travers and increases his 'hatred of women' because she does not accept his schoolboy pranks. Back at school, in the fall, he is more difficult than ever until his philosophy is changed by a teacher. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You're Only Young Twice See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,393,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed (at least in part) on location at the The Lawrenceville School, where the real story takes place. MGM dug up the paved paths around the school to make it look like it did during the time of the story. Most of the school looks the same still today with only a few building added over the last century. See more »

Goofs

When Dink fights White Mountain Canary, he ostensibly takes the dog's water bowl, uses it, and tosses it away. But in subsequent shots of the dog by its house, the water bowl is still there. See more »

Quotes

John Humperdink 'Dink' Stover: Well old sport, ta-ta. Good luck. Hope you sell out your line.
The Old Roman: Thanks. Don't forget about the ginger. Sock it to them.
John Humperdink 'Dink' Stover: Well old cockywax. Put this in your pipe and smoke it. I'm gonna own this school.
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Connections

Referenced in The Lawrenceville Stories (1986) See more »

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Excellent and fun
31 May 2003 | by romukajSee all my reviews

This film is vintage Dean Stockwell as a child actor and is certainly representative of the outstanding performance he invariably produced. The supporting cast is equally as strong. Leon Ames, Leo G. Carroll and Dwayne Hickman are pure delight, and Wellman's direction is spot on as always. The plot is rather rambling, but that really seems only to add to its charm. These are the adventures (and mis-adventures) of some turn-of-the-century prep school boys as remembered by Owen Johnson in his novel THE LAWRENCEVILLE STORIES. The movie is as warm-hearted, funny, and thoroughly engaging as the original book. About 1988 this film was remade as a TV mini-series, using the same title as the book. The complete mini-series was made available about 1992 as a double-cassette VHS recording. But, alas, it seems no one wants to resurrect THE HAPPY YEARS, more's the pity. I, for one, would snap up a copy on either VHS or DVD instantly. Any takers out there, video producers?


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