Happy Anniversary (1959)

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Living in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of New York City, lawyer Chris Walters and his wife, the former Alice Ganz, are celebrating their thirteenth anniversary in wedded bliss with their ... See full summary »


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  • David Niven and Mitzi Gaynor in Happy Anniversary (1959)
  • Carl Reiner and Monique van Vooren in Happy Anniversary (1959)
  • Happy Anniversary (1959)
  • Happy Anniversary (1959)
  • David Niven and Mitzi Gaynor in Happy Anniversary (1959)
  • David Niven, Patty Duke, and Mitzi Gaynor in Happy Anniversary (1959)

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5 December 2013 | bkoganbing
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| Wear and tear on the marriage
Happy Anniversary which was known as Anniversary Waltz on Broadway had a good 611 performance run on Broadway in 1954-55 season. Authored by Jerome Chodorov who was having blacklist problems in Hollywood it finally made it to the big screen in 1959 probably for that reason. But the delay knocked the props out of the big gag of the play.

David Niven and Mitzi Gaynor after 13 years of marriage and 14 year of kanoodling with two kids to show for it are having some wear and tear on the marriage. A big issue is Niven's old fashioned views on television, he hates it and won't have it in his house.

In 1954 a lot of people still didn't own a set. But by 1959 when I was 12 years old just about every family did. It was the major medium of entertainment and news and the two hadn't quite blended yet. Niven was not funny, in fact he was downright ludicrous.

And heavens to Betsy he actually admits that he and Gaynor were kanoodling even before it became official. That gets a good row going with her parents.

Gaynor got to sing a song in the film while she and Niven were dancing on their anniversary. Musicals were rapidly disappearing and good thing she got a number in here. But Happy Anniversary will not go down as a great David Niven or Mitzi Gaynor film.

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Release Date:

24 March 1960

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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