The Happy Time (1952)

Spring inspires lessons in love and life for a French family in 1920s Ottawa, especially for teenage Robert, who’s blind to the attentions of an American neighbor girl, because he’s infatuated with the beautiful new maid, fleeing life as a magician’s assistant. Robert’s mother bemoans some of the Bonnard family male role models available to Robert: his party animal grandfather, roguish traveling salesman uncle Desmond, and an uncle who carries a water cooler filled with wine everywhere while his wife does all the work. As Desmond’s temporarily off the road, he also targets the maid.

Director: Richard Fleischer.
Stars: Charles Boyer, Louis Jourdan, Marsha Hunt, Bobby Driscoll, Linda Christian, Kurt Kasznar, Marcel Dalio, Jeanette Nolan, Jack Raine, Richard Erdman, Marlene Cameron, Gene Collins, Ann Faber, Kathryn Sheldon, Edward Clark.


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