This Happy Breed

  • U
  • David Lean (1944)
  • UK
  • 105 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

This second of David Lean's four collaborations with Noël Coward provides a fascinating picture of the way we were. The action is largely confined to an unremarkable but lovingly re-created Clapham home, but such is the ebb and flow of events (both domestic and historical) that the two hours it takes to cover the 20 inter-war years seem to fly by. Celia Johnson is superb as the eminently sensible suburban housewife, while Kay Walsh gives a spirited performance as her mouthy daughter. But the best scenes belong to neighbours Robert Newton and Stanley Holloway, as a couple of very British chroniclers of their times.

Plot Summary

Drama directed by David Lean and based on the play by Noël Coward, starring Robert Newton, Celia Johnson and John Mills. Life between the two World Wars is viewed through the eyes of a south London family.

Cast and crew

Cast

Frank Gibbons
Robert Newton
Ethel Gibbons
Celia Johnson
Billy Mitchell
John Mills
Queenie Gibbons
Kay Walsh
Bob Mitchell
Stanley Holloway
Mrs Flint
Amy Veness
Aunt Sylvia
Alison Leggatt
Vi
Eileen Erskine
Reg
John Blythe
Sam Ledbetter
Guy Verney
Edie
Merle Tottenham
Phyllis
Betty Fleetwood
Narrator
Laurence Olivier

Crew

Director
David Lean

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
General Film Dist Ltd
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate U
Categories
Drama

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