Happy Go Lovely

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Happy Go Lovely
Happy Go Lovely poster.jpg
Movie poster
Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone
Produced by Marcel Hellman
Written by Friedrich Dammann (story)
Herbert Rosenfeld (story)
Val Guest
Starring David Niven
Cesar Romero
Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Cinematography Erwin Hillier
Edited by Bert Bates
Marcel Hellman Productions (as Excelsior Films Ltd.)
Distributed by Associated British-Pathé (UK)
RKO Radio Pictures (US)
Release date
  • 7 June 1951 (1951-06-07) (Premiere-London)[1]
  • 8 July 1951 (1951-07-08) (US)[1]
Running time
97 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office ₤230,845 (UK)[2]

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.


Musical numbers[edit]

  1. "MacIntosh's Wedding" - Sung by Joan Heal, danced by Vera-Ellen and Chorus.
  2. "One-Two-Three" - Sung and danced by Vera-Ellen (dubbed by Eve Boswell) and Chorus.
  3. "London Town" - Danced by Vera-Ellen and Chorus.
  4. "Would You - Could You?"' - Sung and danced by Vera-Ellen (dubbed by Eve Boswell)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Happy Go Lovely: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p496

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