This Happy Breed

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One of a number of British films in the '40s attempting to depict the lives of 'ordinary people', adapted by Noël Coward from his own play. Coward's homage to his roots daringly spans the whole of the inter-war period through the lives of Frank Gibbons (Newton) and his bickering, feuding, lower middle class family. Ronald Neame's camera rarely strays outside the family home of the decidedly un-funky Gibbonses, but there is a constant in-rush of public events - from wars to Wembley festivals - to leaven the domestic squabbling, and the evocation of the recent past proved enormously successful in war-torn Britain. Though Lean and Coward are less happy here than in the brittle, refined atmosphere of Brief Encounter, their adventurous excursion into suburban Clapham remains endlessly fascinating.
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UK release:

1944

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114 mins

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javamann

I am a child of that time and it's absolutely spot on. Comments about 'Toffs'' views ans 'boring shew that the commentator has no idea what they are talking about. I wouldn't call them middle class. I lived in the area as did all the family: I wouldn't want to live there now! My parents went to Wembley Exhibition and said how marvelous it was. I remember the Crystal Palace firework displays. I have it on VHS but the damned thing is broken. DVD now a priority. A brilliant view of the period. 5 stars for spell-check!

javamann

I am a child of that time and it's absolutely spot on. Comments about 'Toffs'' views ans 'boring shew that the commentator has no idea what they are talking about. I wouldn't call them middle class. I lived in the area as did all the family: I wouldn't want to live there now! My parents went to Wembley Exhibition and said how marvelous it was. I remember the Crystal Palace firework displays. I have it on VHS but the damned thing is broken. DVD now a priority. A brilliant view of the period. 5 stars for spell-check!