This Happy Breed

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David Lean brings to vivid emotional life Noël Coward’s epic chronicle of a working-class family in the London suburbs over the course of two decades. Robert Newton and Celia Johnson are surpassingly affecting as Frank and Ethel Gibbons, a couple with... read more
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David Lean brings to vivid emotional life Noël Coward’s epic chronicle of a working-class family in the London suburbs over the course of two decades. Robert Newton and Celia Johnson are surpassingly affecting as Frank and Ethel Gibbons, a couple with three children whose modest household is touched by joy and tragedy from the tail end of the First World War to the beginning of the Second. With its mix of politics and melodrama, This Happy Breed is a quintessential British domestic drama, featuring subtly expressive Technicolor cinematography by Ronald Neame and a remarkable supporting cast including John Mills, Stanley Holloway, and Kay Walsh.

Original Release

08/07/1944

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Cast

Robert Newton Frank Gibbons
Celia Johnson Ethel Gibbons
Amy Veness Mrs. Flint
Alison Leggatt Aunt Sylvia
Stanley Holloway Bob Mitchell
John Mills Billy Mitchell
Kay Walsh Queenie
Eileen Erskine Vi
John Blythe Reg
Guy Verney Sam Leadbitter
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Directors

David Lean

Writers

David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Noël Coward

Cast

Robert Newton Frank Gibbons
Celia Johnson Ethel Gibbons
Amy Veness Mrs. Flint
Alison Leggatt Aunt Sylvia
Stanley Holloway Bob Mitchell
John Mills Billy Mitchell
Kay Walsh Queenie
Eileen Erskine Vi
John Blythe Reg
Guy Verney Sam Leadbitter
Betty Fleetwood Phyllis Blake
Merle Tottenham Edie
Charles King Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bessie Love Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Laurence Olivier Narrator (uncredited)
Anita Page Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jack May Mourner

Producers

Editors

Jack Harris

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