Happy Go Lovely

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Overview

The Anglo-American musicomedy Happy Go Lovely is set in Edinburgh, Scotland, during a major film festival. The gathered throngs are aghast when unknown dancer Janet Jones (Vera-Ellen) steps daintily from a limousine owned by a Scottish millionaire. A few miles earlier, the girl had thumbed a ride from the limo driver, but the public doesn't know this, and soon rumors are flying. Before she knows what has happened, Jones has become the festival's main attraction. She is also romanced by B.G. Bruno (David Niven), ...
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Overview

The Anglo-American musicomedy Happy Go Lovely is set in Edinburgh, Scotland, during a major film festival. The gathered throngs are aghast when unknown dancer Janet Jones (Vera-Ellen) steps daintily from a limousine owned by a Scottish millionaire. A few miles earlier, the girl had thumbed a ride from the limo driver, but the public doesn't know this, and soon rumors are flying. Before she knows what has happened, Jones has become the festival's main attraction. She is also romanced by B.G. Bruno (David Niven), whom she assumes to be a reporter but who, of course, is the millionaire in disguise. Ostensibly a musical, Happy Go Lovely is limited to two songs, though both are performed con brio by the fabulous Vera-Ellen. The film was produced independently by N. P. Rathvon and released by Rathvon's former studio, RKO Radio.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Happy Go Lovely is a moderately entertaining British-made musical that falls short of being first rate. What keeps it in the second tier is the confinement of musical talent to female lead Vera-Ellen. This is not to knock the leading lady, for she gives the part her all and is quite winning an actress and a knock-out as a dancer. (Her singing is, as usual, dubbed). The problem is that the male lead is played -- deftly and quite well -- by David Niven, whose many talents do not include those associated with a song-and-dance man. In a typical musical, the most important moments are of course the musical numbers; when the male lead is not called upon to participate in them, it usually creates a serious imbalance, as here. This situation is made worse by the fact that there are several moments when the script seems to cry out for the Niven character to become musical; had Fred Astaire, for example, been cast in the role, the dinner sequence at the swank restaurant would have become a true musical scene that would have made the sequence something truly special. As it is, it's amusing but nothing more. Aside from this, the only serious flaw is the over-the-top performance of Cesar Romero. It's true that the script is contrived, but it still is diverting. It is also offset by some very good choreography, particularly impressive in the street ballet near the end of the picture, and by some nice location shots. Light and breezy, Happy Go Lovely is an enjoyable trifle.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2000
  • UPC: 785604203124
  • Original Release: 1951
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  • Source: Roan Archival Group
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 80,100

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Niven B.G. Bruno
Vera-Ellen Janet Jones
Cesar Romero John Frost
Bobby Howes Charlie
Diane Hart Mae
Gordon Jackson Paul Tracey
Barbara Couper Mme. Amanda
Henry Hewitt Dodds
Gladys Henson Mrs. Urquhart
Hugh Dempster Bates
Sandra Dorne Betty
Joyce Carey Secretary
John Laurie Jonskill
Wylie Watson Stage Doorman
Joan Heal Phyllis Gardiner
Hector Ross Harold
Ambrosine Phillpotts Lady Martin
Molly Urquhart Mme. Amanda's Assistant
Jack Billings Principal Dancer
Kay Kendall Secretary
Douglas Scott Principal Dancer
Technical Credits
H. Bruce Humberstone Director
Bert Bates Editor
Jack Billings Choreography
Pauline Grant Choreography
Val Guest Screenwriter
Marcel Hellman Producer
Erwin Hillier Cinematographer
John Howell Art Director
Louis Levy Musical Direction/Supervision
Arthur Macrae Screenwriter
Mischa Spoliansky Score Composer
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