The Happy Road (1957)

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An American boy and a French girl run away from a Swiss school making for Paris to reunite with their parents. The boy's father and the girl's mother join forces, despite cultural differences, to search for their kids.


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  • Gene Kelly and Barbara Laage in The Happy Road (1957)
  • Gene Kelly and Barbara Laage in The Happy Road (1957)
  • Gene Kelly and Barbara Laage in The Happy Road (1957)
  • Bobby Clark and Brigitte Fossey in The Happy Road (1957)
  • Gene Kelly and Barbara Laage in The Happy Road (1957)
  • Gene Kelly and Barbara Laage in The Happy Road (1957)

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12 May 2010 | bkoganbing
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| "Love And Try To Be Loved And Life Is A Happy Road"
The Happy Road was Gene Kelly's next to last film on his MGM contract and this was a personal project in which he not only starred in, but directed and produced as well. Probably something to pass the time of day while he was waiting for his final full blown musical Les Girls.

The film is best however when the kids are in front of the camera. The very simple story involves Kelly's son Bobby Clark who runs away from the Swiss boarding school his father has put him in to go to Paris and be with him. He also wants to prove how self reliant is. His good friend Brigette Fossey decides to join him on the odyssey and prove the same to her divorcée mother Barbara Laage.

Whatever else they do, the kids prove they're self reliant, they have the French police totally at their wits end, not to mention a bunch of NATO troops out on maneuvers, embarrassing their commanding officer Michael Redgrave no end.

Kelly is a concerned father, but he's also a poster child for the ugly American. He wasn't doing all that much for Franco-American relations with his exasperation about the French way of doing things. Laage kind of smooths out the rough edges in him by the time film ends.

With a title song sung over the opening credits by Maurice Chevalier and the film shot in France, The Happy Road will not rank as one of Gene Kelly's great films. But it's a pleasant diversion and very good for juvenile audiences.

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Plot Summary


Genres

Comedy

Details

Release Date:

3 July 1957

Language

English, French, German, Italian, Spanish


Country of Origin

France, USA

Filming Locations

France

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

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