Joy of Living

Overview

Given the talent involved, The Joy of Living should have been far better than it is. Irene Dunne plays Maggie, a popular musical-comedy star saddled with a possessive, spendthrift family. Maggie would like to leave the house once in a while and experience "real life," but her parents Alice Brady, Guy Kibbee, worried that they'll lose their meal ticket, refuse to allow her to do so. The Prince Charming who rescues Maggie from her folks is ship-owner Dan Douglas Fairbanks Jr. As a bonus, the footloose and ...
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Overview

Given the talent involved, The Joy of Living should have been far better than it is. Irene Dunne plays Maggie, a popular musical-comedy star saddled with a possessive, spendthrift family. Maggie would like to leave the house once in a while and experience "real life," but her parents Alice Brady, Guy Kibbee, worried that they'll lose their meal ticket, refuse to allow her to do so. The Prince Charming who rescues Maggie from her folks is ship-owner Dan Douglas Fairbanks Jr. As a bonus, the footloose and fancy-free Dan teaches the repressed Maggie that "it's fun to be foolish." Apparently director Tay Garnett couldn't keep the production under control, and the cost ballooned to a then-staggering $1.1 million, resulting in a huge loss for RKO Radio. Some of the film's brighter moments are provided by Lucille Ball, Billy Gilbert, Jean Dixon and Franklin Pangborn, who like Dunne and Fairbanks all deserved funnier material than this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2009
  • UPC: 883316163719
  • Original Release: 1938
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,423

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Irene Dunne Margaret "Maggie" Garret
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Dan Brewster
Alice Brady Minerva
Guy Kibbee Dennis
Jean Dixon Harrison
Eric Blore Potter
Lucille Ball Salina
Warren Hymer Mike
Billy Gilbert Cafe Owner
Frank Milan Bert Pine
Dorothy Steiner Dotsy Pine
Estelle Steiner Betsy Pine
Phyllis Kennedy Marie
Franklin Pangborn Band Leader
James Burke Mac
John Qualen Oswego
Spencer Charters Magistrate
George Chandler Taxi Driver
Pat Flaherty Autograph Hound
Fuzzy Knight Sideshow Piano Player
Charles Lane Dress Extra
Frank Moran Voice Only
Dennis O'Keefe Man in Building Lobby
Bert Roach German Waiter
Frank M. Thomas
Charles Williams Sideshow Barker
Harry Woods Cop/Autograph Hound
Grady Sutton Florist
Technical Credits
Tay Garnett Director
C. Graham Baker Screenwriter
Carroll Clark Art Director
Dorothy Fields Score Composer, Songwriter, Screenwriter
Jack Hively Editor
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerome Kern Score Composer, Songwriter
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Allan Scott Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Tours Musical Direction/Supervision
Gene Towne Screenwriter
Joseph Walker Cinematographer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Felix Young Producer
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