This Happy Feeling

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This Happy Feeling
This Happy Feeling.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Blake Edwards
Produced by Ross Hunter
Written by Blake Edwards
F. Hugh Herbert
Starring Debbie Reynolds
Curt Jürgens
John Saxon
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography Arthur E. Arling
Distributed by Universal-International
Release date
  • June 18, 1958 (1958-06-18)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

This Happy Feeling is a 1958 film by Blake Edwards adapted from the F. Hugh Herbert play For Love or Money.[1][2]

Edwards regretted Universal-International's eleventh hour decision of a name change, but the studio was hoping to trade off another pop hit by Debbie Reynolds as they had with Tammy and the Bachelor. Reynolds stars, along with John Saxon, Curt Jurgens and veteran Hollywood actresses Alexis Smith and Mary Astor.[3][4]


Nita Holloway, a woman romantically involved with veteran actor Preston "Mitch" Mitchell, tries to persuade him to come out of retirement to appear in a Broadway play as the father of a character played by a new teen idol, Tony Manza. At his Connecticut farm, next-door neighbor Bill Tremayne asks to borrow Mitch's car. He goes to a party and meets secretary Janet Blake, who is trying to escape the clutches of her drunken boss, a dentist. Bill offers her a ride home in a rainstorm, but is a little too attentive to her liking.

Soaked to the skin, Janet ends up knocking on Mitch's door. He permits her to spend the night while her dress dries. Nita arrives in the morning and mistakenly concludes an affair is taking place, and soon others assume the same. Mitch puts her on a train but also offers Janet a job as his own secretary. As the train leaves, he stumbles, injuring his back.

Bill isn't worried at first because Mitch is obviously too old for Janet, but he comes to realize that she is indeed falling for Mitch a little more every day. Scheduled to ride Mitch's star horse in an equine contest, Bill jealously decides to ride another entry instead. Mitch must compete against him, bad back and all.

Although he feels great affection toward her, Mitch ultimately realizes that Bill and Janet were meant for each other. He happily goes back to Nita, and is last seen on stage in the new Broadway play.


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  1. ^ Prelude to Marriage' to Star Ann Sothern; Dress Nominees Voted Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 03 Oct 1957: B9.
  2. ^ "THIS HAPPY FEELING (1958), ALSO KNOWN AS: FOR LOVE OR MONEY". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "This Happy Feeling". FilmAffinity. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "This Happy Feeling". AFI. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 

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