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Joy in the Morning (1965)

GP | | Drama, Romance | 5 May 1965 (USA)
In 1927, Carl Brown marries Annie McGairy and goes to college but taking his young wife with him creates difficult challenges for both of them, for their parents back home and for the campus faculty.

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Alex Segal

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Betty Smith (novel), Sally Benson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Chamberlain ... Carl Brown
Yvette Mimieux ... Annie Brown née McGairy
Arthur Kennedy ... Patrick Brown
Oskar Homolka ... Stan Pulaski
Donald Davis Donald Davis ... Anthony Byrd
Joan Tetzel ... Beverly Karter
Sidney Blackmer ... Dean James Darwent
Virginia Gregg ... Mrs. Lorgan
Chris Noel ... Mary Ellen Kincaid
Bartlett Robinson ... Prof. Victor Newcole
Ellen Atterbury Ellen Atterbury ... Marriage License Clerk
Harvey Stephens ... Dr. Marson
Ira Barmak Ira Barmak ... Dr. Kirkson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Samuel Fordis Samuel Fordis ... Cantor (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Carl Brown and Annie McGairy are in love. Their Irish immigrant parents knew each other in the old country - and Carl's parents want better for their son than Annie, who was raised in the slums. When Annie runs away to marry Carl while he's at college, they have many difficulties, including a college Dean that frowns upon married couples, Carl's angry parents, Carl's jealousy, and Annie's own problems with her sexuality. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Love is more than a good night kiss!

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alegre amanecer See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Annie and Carl are showering in the locker room, you can see that Carl is wearing sweatpants when he's supposed to be nude. See more »

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Featured in MGM 40th Anniversary (1964) See more »

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Joy in the Morning
Music by Sammy Fain
Words by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Richard Chamberlain
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Fun for baby-boomers to reminisce
10 September 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

It's hard to sit down and enjoy 1965's "Joy in the Morning," a sentimental and melodramatic story about young marriage, without putting the film in context.

If you were a prepubescent girl or teen in the '60s, Richard Chamberlain was one of your dream men in the same way that girls adore Zac Efron now and my mother swooned over Tyrone Power. You had an intern shirt, you had the .45 of "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight" (The Theme from Dr. Kildare" with "Joy in the Morning" on the flip side), and you read fan magazines. And no one who watched "Dr. Kildare" can forget Yvette Mimieux's guest appearance on the show. I can still see her in the final scene of that episode.

So watching "Joy in the Morning," which might be considered a mawkish movie by some, is a trip down memory lane for us. It's about two young people from different social strata who get married and try to make it both financially and as a couple while the man is still in law school. It's actually a sweet story with some good performances - certainly an earnest one from Chamberlain, and from Oscar Homolka, Sidney Blackmer, and Donald Davis (as the "sissy" florist). Petite and beautiful Mimieux was one of the big '60s ingénues, and she does fine, though the character admittedly can get a little annoying. The Bernard Herrmann score, reminiscent of his music in "Vertigo," is instantly recognizable as Herrmann and very good.

Judging this film as if it's supposed to be "Citizen Kane" is like judging "High School Musical" on the same level as "No Country for Old Men." In its day, "Joy in the Morning," with Richard Chamberlain taking off his shirt, making out with Yvette Mimieux and talking about sex was geared toward young girls just learning the facts of life, and hoping that someone like Richard Chamberlain would teach them. Knowing the reality of that dashed hope today doesn't change the innocent memories that it brings back.


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