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Happy Anniversary (1959)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 24 March 1960 (Sweden)
Living in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of New York City, lawyer Chris Walters and his wife, the former Alice Ganz, are celebrating their thirteenth anniversary in wedded bliss with their ... See full summary »

Director:

David Miller

Writers:

Joseph Fields (play), Jerome Chodorov (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... Chris Walters
Mitzi Gaynor ... Alice Walters nee Gans
Carl Reiner ... Bud
Loring Smith Loring Smith ... Arthur Gans / Grandpa
Monique van Vooren ... Jeanette Revere
Phyllis Povah ... Lillian Gans / Grandma
Elizabeth Wilson ... Millie the Maid
Patty Duke ... Debbie Walters
Kevin Coughlin ... Ockie Walters
Don Grusso Don Grusso ... Johnson TV delivery man
William Dwyer William Dwyer
David Doyle ... Hotel Earle Desk Clerk (as David F. Doyle)
Don De Leo Don De Leo
John Call John Call
Sam Locante Sam Locante
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Storyline

Living in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of New York City, lawyer Chris Walters and his wife, the former Alice Ganz, are celebrating their thirteenth anniversary in wedded bliss with their two children, Ockie and Debbie. On the anniversary day, Chris and Alice even decide on the spur of the moment to recreate a romantic tryst they had from years earlier. The only major disagreement Chris and Alice seem to have in their life is on the presence or not of a television set in the house, Chris who believes one will ruin the family dynamic. Things for the Walters take a turn for the worse when first Alice's parents buy their daughter and son-in-law a television set as a gift, and second, while in a drunken stupor at the anniversary party, Chris divulges a secret to Alice's parents that was kept solely between Alice and himself for fourteen years. Both incidents result in an argument between Chris and Alice. Going from bad to worse, daughter Debbie believes her parents may be headed for a ... Written by Huggo

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It bounces convention right out the window! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy Anniversary See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fields Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Corporation)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Carl Reiner's film debut. See more »

Crazy Credits

Animated anniversary cards are opened in between the opening credits. See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Regret a Thing
Music by Robert Allen
Lyrics by Al Stillman
Sung behind the credits by chorus
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Funny family show.
20 April 2005 | by Carrie_the_OracleSee all my reviews

Here's another one of those funny movies the whole family can enjoy. You can really relate to this one, because the funny things here really happen in real life. My favorite is Niven's toast at dinner that starts a family argument. I can just see my family reacting to it now. As usual in the fifties, family values are squeaky clean, but that doesn't deter from the plot or the humor, which is the kind Niven fans expect.

David Niven is great as usual. Patty Duke is excellent and funny. Mitzi Gaynor is the perfect Barbie send-up, and as always, perfect for the time. If I could find it on tape, I would buy it, since this is a classic for its time, like "The Importance of Being Earnest" was decades earlier.


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