Happy Go Lovely
|Happy Go Lovely|
|Directed by||H. Bruce Humberstone|
|Produced by||Marcel Hellman|
|Written by||Friedrich Dammann (story)
Herbert Rosenfeld (story)
|Music by||Mischa Spoliansky|
|Edited by||Bert Bates|
Marcel Hellman Productions (as Excelsior Films Ltd.)
|Distributed by||Associated British-Pathé (UK)
RKO Radio Pictures (US)
|Box office||₤230,845 (UK)|
Happy Go Lovely is a 1951 British musical comedy film with Technicolor, directed by H. Bruce Humberstone and starring Vera Ellen, David Niven, and Cesar Romero. The film was made and first released in the UK, and distributed in the US by RKO Radio Pictures in 1952.
When chorus girl Janet Jones is late for rehearsal in Edinburgh, Bates, the chauffeur for B. G. Bruno, gives her a ride in Bruno's limousine, starting rumours that she is engaged to the wealthiest man in Scotland. American producer Jack Frost, her employer, has just had the star of his next show, Frolics to You, walk out on him because of his desperate financial situation. He replaces her with Janet, hoping that Bruno will back his revue (or at least that he can use Bruno's reputation to fend off impatient creditors). Her dressmaker, Madame Amanda, gives her more clothes (and sends the bill to Bruno). Janet's roommate, Mae Thompson, convinces her to continue the deception.
When Bruno receives the bill, he goes to the theatre to investigate. Janet mistakes him for reporter Paul Tracy, who was supposed to interview her. Finding Janet very attractive, Bruno does not correct her error. The two fall in love. Bruno amuses himself by continually asking Janet about her relationship with the millionaire.
Finally, Bruno gives Frost a check for £10,000. When Janet finds out, however, she confesses everything. On the opening night of Frolics to You, Bruno takes a box seat. Frost summons the police to have him arrested. Janet tries to make "Paul Tracy" hide or leave, in between performing on stage. During these hectic proceedings, Janet blurts out that she loves him. The police catch Bruno, but the inspector in charge recognizes him, much to Janet and Frost's shock, and all ends well.
- David Niven as B.G. Bruno
- Vera-Ellen as Janet Jones
- Cesar Romero as Jack Frost
- Bobby Howes as Charlie, Frost's assistant
- Diane Hart as Mae
- Gordon Jackson as Paul Tracy
- Barbara Couper as Madame Amanda
- Henry Hewitt as Dodds, Bruno's assistant
- Gladys Henson as Mrs. Urquhart, Janet and Mae's landlady
- Hugh Dempster as Bates
- Sandra Dorne as Betty
- Joyce Carey as Bruno's Secretary
- John Laurie as Jonskill, one of the creditors
- Wylie Watson as Stage Door Keeper
- Joan Heal as Phyllis Gardiner, the former star
- Hector Ross as Harold
- Ambrosine Phillpotts as Lady Martin
- Molly Urquhart as Madame Amanda's Assistant
- "MacIntosh's Wedding" - Sung by Joan Heal, danced by Vera-Ellen and Chorus.
- "One-Two-Three" - Sung and danced by Vera-Ellen (dubbed by Eve Boswell) and Chorus.
- "London Town" - Danced by Vera-Ellen and Chorus.
- "Would You - Could You?"' - Sung and danced by Vera-Ellen (dubbed by Eve Boswell)
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