The Happy Years

Overview

Owen Johnson's novel The Lawrenceville School Stories compiled from short stories originally published in The Saturday Evening Post was the basis for The Happy Years. The film is set at an early 20th-century boy's prep school; Dean Stockwell plays an habitual troublemaker sent to this school as a means of straightening him out and making a man of him. At first bullied by the older kids, the pugnacious Stockwell stands his ground until he earns his fellow students' respect. The film adheres strictly to MGM's ...
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Overview

Owen Johnson's novel The Lawrenceville School Stories compiled from short stories originally published in The Saturday Evening Post was the basis for The Happy Years. The film is set at an early 20th-century boy's prep school; Dean Stockwell plays an habitual troublemaker sent to this school as a means of straightening him out and making a man of him. At first bullied by the older kids, the pugnacious Stockwell stands his ground until he earns his fellow students' respect. The film adheres strictly to MGM's factory-tested Boys Town formula by having Stockwell cleaning up his act and becoming a worthwhile Lawrenceville student. Watch The Happy Years carefully and you'll spot an unbilled Robert Wagner, in his film debut.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A warm but not stickily sentimental piece of nostalgia, The Happy Years creates a bygone era that never really was and makes it a pretty spiffy place to spend 90 minutes or so. Some modern viewers will definitely find it a bit too manufactured, and it's hard to dispute that claim; but many others will forgive it this flaw for the rosy glow it evokes in them. It's also hard to argue with the criticism that the screenplay rambles and that events don't always add up to the intended impact. Again, however, many viewers will be more than happy to overlook these shortcomings. Fortunately, Happyhas a number of definite, tangible assets, including a winning lead performance by young Dean Stockwell, a child actor whose instincts were among the best of his time and who brings a great deal of charisma to the part of the tough kid that has to be reformed. Darryl Hickman and Scotty Beckett are also definite pluses among the child actors, and Leo G. Carroll is appropriately crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. William Wellman's muscular direction also helps to keep the sentimentality in check, as well as to keep the pace moving along briskly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/1/2009
  • UPC: 883316225561
  • Original Release: 1950
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,394

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dean Stockwell John Humperdink Stover
Darryl Hickman Tough McCarthy
Scotty Beckett Tennessee Shad
Leon Ames Samuel H. Stover, Sr.
Margalo Gillmore Mrs. Stover
Leo G. Carroll The Old Roman
Donn Gift The Big Man
Peter Thompson Sambo
Jerry Mickelsen Cheyenne Baxter
Alan Dinehart III Coffee-Colored Angel
David Bair White Mountain Canary
Danny Mummert Butsey White
Eddie Le Roy Poler Beekstein
George Chandler Johnny
Claudia Barrett Miss Dolly Travers
Jacqueline De Wit
Frank Reicher
Robert Wagner
Technical Credits
William Wellman Director
Daniel B. Cathcart Art Director
John D. Dunning Editor
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Ruskin Screenwriter
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Carey Wilson Producer
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