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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 airplane seen at the end of the film is a 1929 Lockheed Vega, registration NC48M. It was owned by Paul Manz, a famous stunt pilot and aviation entrepreneur. He was a friend of Howard Huges and a technical advisor to Amelia Earhart. He owned United Air Services that provided aircraft and pilots for many films, in addition to having an air ambulance service. This particular aircraft was named the "Honeymoon Express" as it flew newlywed couples to Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada and Yuma, Arizona - honeymoon hot-spots at the time. This aircraft was being used for the film "Only Angels Have Wings" (1939) when it crash upon landing at St. George, Utah and was damaged beyond repair. See more »

Quotes

Joan Bradford: Mother's run my life long enough! I'm 21, I'm white, and I've a right to be free!
Henry Bradford: What are you going to do about it... sit here and mope?
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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 »

Connections

Version of Here Comes Happiness (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Melody in F
(1852) (uncredited)
Music by Anton Rubinstein
Played by the chamber orchestra at the party
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Pop! Goes Your Heart
10 April 2014 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

"Happiness Ahead" is a title that might lure a citizen into a movie theater during the depression. Dick Powell and Josephine Hutchinson are the couple paired to provide the happiness in this story about an heiress (natch!) who falls for a working stiff.

The story is very basic. Fortunately, Powell (as Bob Lane) has a nifty singing voice, so the script can allow him to vocalize at regular intervals. The happy couple base their relationship on the misunderstanding that Hutchinson (as Joan Bradford)is also a member of the working class--a misunderstanding that she promotes, and that drives the tension of this story, though things are not that tense. Lightheartedness is the order of the day.

Frank McHugh plays Bob's sidekick, whose antics are like a tame version of Curly Howard's--typical for his work. John Halliday plays the aristocratic father of Joan with a light touch that is appealing.

You can guess what happens to the two lovebirds in the end. The film is a pleasant diversion.


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