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.

1953 Golden Globes – Nominated for Best Motion Picture-Drama.
1953 Golden Globes – Nominated for Best Director (Richard Fleischer).
1953 Golden Globes – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor – Drama (Charles Boyer).
1953 Golden Globes – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (Kurt Kasznar).


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