Let's Be Happy (1957)

93 mins | Musical comedy | 26 May 1957

Director:

Henry Levin

Producer:

Marcel Hellman

Cinematographer:

Erwin Hillier

Editor:

E. B. Jarvis

Production Designer:

Terence Verity

Production Company:

Marcel Hellman Productions, Ltd.
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HISTORY

This film's working title was Jeannie . The print viewed was the U.S. release version, which was approximately fourteen minutes shorter than the version that opened in London. The order of the opening cast credits differs from the order of the end credits. The original prints released in Britain were made by Technicolor. The film was shot in a number of locations in Scotland, including Edinburgh, Loch Lomond and St. Andrews. The Var review of the London opening included Jean Cadell ( Mrs. Cathie ) and Gordon Jackson ( Dougal MacLean ) in the cast, but they were not in the print viewed. Additionally, production material deposited by Allied Artists in the U.S. copyright registration includes Jameson Clark ( MacPhail ) in the cast, but he was not in the print viewed. HR news items also include Gay Cameron, A.G. Scott, Joela Hellman, Eira Heath, David Keir, Gilbert France, Walter Horsbugh, Fiona Clyne and Andrew Downie in the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been ... More Less

This film's working title was Jeannie . The print viewed was the U.S. release version, which was approximately fourteen minutes shorter than the version that opened in London. The order of the opening cast credits differs from the order of the end credits. The original prints released in Britain were made by Technicolor. The film was shot in a number of locations in Scotland, including Edinburgh, Loch Lomond and St. Andrews. The Var review of the London opening included Jean Cadell ( Mrs. Cathie ) and Gordon Jackson ( Dougal MacLean ) in the cast, but they were not in the print viewed. Additionally, production material deposited by Allied Artists in the U.S. copyright registration includes Jameson Clark ( MacPhail ) in the cast, but he was not in the print viewed. HR news items also include Gay Cameron, A.G. Scott, Joela Hellman, Eira Heath, David Keir, Gilbert France, Walter Horsbugh, Fiona Clyne and Andrew Downie in the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
15 Jun 1957.
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Daily Variety
24 May 57
p. 3.
Film Daily
7 Jun 57
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jul 56
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Sep 1956
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Oct 1956
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
24 May 57
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Jun 57
p. 402.
New York Times
25 May 57
p. 25.
Variety
22 May 57
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Card Ballet devised and settings by
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Dresses and ballet cost des
Ward
MUSIC
Mus dir
All mus numbers arr
Incidental mus arr
DANCE
Choreography of Jeannie's Pyjama Ballet and Card B
Choreography of the other dance numbers
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scenario supv
Dial supv
Cast dir
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Jeannie by Aimée Stuart (London, 6 Feb 1940).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Let's Be Happy," "One Is a Lonely Number," "Hold on to Love," "The Man from Idaho" and "I'm Going to Scotland," music by Nicholas Brodszky, lyrics by Paul Francis Webster.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Jeannie
Release Date:
26 May 1957
Premiere Information:
London opening: 9 May 1957
Production Date:
began late June 1956 at Associated British Picture Corp. Studios, Elstree, England
Copyright Claimant:
Marcel Hellman Productions, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
24 June 1957
Copyright Number:
LP8501
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound Recording
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
CinemaScope
Duration(in mins):
93
Length(in feet):
8,383
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
17732
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Twenty-eight-year-old Jeannie MacLean is a resident of the small Vermont town of Heatherdale. Since her thrifty grandfather's death, Jeannie has been forced to take in neighbors' washing in order to support herself. However, after the Reverend MacDonald delivers a letter her grandfather left for her, Jeannie discovers his will leaving her almost five thousand dollars. Jeannie immediately decides to spend the money on a visit to Scotland to see the Edinburgh Festival, but the only reservation she can get at the last moment is on an Air France flight to Paris. On board the plane, she is seated next to Stanley Smith, a washing machine inventor from Boise, Idaho, who is hoping to sell the European rights to his invention to a businessman in Paris. When they arrive in Paris, they go their separate ways, but after Stanley learns that Mr. Fielding, the man he needs to see, is on his honeymoon in Edinburgh, they meet again on the train to Edinburgh. After a mix-up with Jeannie's boardinghouse reservation leaves her without a room, she goes to the posh hotel where Stanley is staying to see if he can help her. While Stanley tries to arrange a room for her, Jeannie is approached by impoverished Lord James MacNairn, who is under the impression that she is an American millionairess. Jimmy is reduced to living in two rooms of his family's castle and needs a wealthy wife to restore the castle and his family's fortunes. After Stanley secures the hotel's bridal suite for Jeannie, they arrange to go out that evening. However, Stanley, who admits to a fondness for glamorous, red-haired women, meets Helene, a French fashion model, and breaks ... +


Twenty-eight-year-old Jeannie MacLean is a resident of the small Vermont town of Heatherdale. Since her thrifty grandfather's death, Jeannie has been forced to take in neighbors' washing in order to support herself. However, after the Reverend MacDonald delivers a letter her grandfather left for her, Jeannie discovers his will leaving her almost five thousand dollars. Jeannie immediately decides to spend the money on a visit to Scotland to see the Edinburgh Festival, but the only reservation she can get at the last moment is on an Air France flight to Paris. On board the plane, she is seated next to Stanley Smith, a washing machine inventor from Boise, Idaho, who is hoping to sell the European rights to his invention to a businessman in Paris. When they arrive in Paris, they go their separate ways, but after Stanley learns that Mr. Fielding, the man he needs to see, is on his honeymoon in Edinburgh, they meet again on the train to Edinburgh. After a mix-up with Jeannie's boardinghouse reservation leaves her without a room, she goes to the posh hotel where Stanley is staying to see if he can help her. While Stanley tries to arrange a room for her, Jeannie is approached by impoverished Lord James MacNairn, who is under the impression that she is an American millionairess. Jimmy is reduced to living in two rooms of his family's castle and needs a wealthy wife to restore the castle and his family's fortunes. After Stanley secures the hotel's bridal suite for Jeannie, they arrange to go out that evening. However, Stanley, who admits to a fondness for glamorous, red-haired women, meets Helene, a French fashion model, and breaks his date with Jeannie as Helene is available only that evening. The next day, while Stanley pursues Mr. and Mrs. Fielding to St. Andrews, Jimmy shows Jeannie around Edinburgh and invites her to a ballet. Jeannie then buys an elegant evening gown for the event, unaware that Stanley has arranged tickets for them to attend a different event. When they meet by chance in the lobby, Stanley thinks she is going out with him, but she tells him that she has a date with a gentleman and accuses him of lying to her. Stanley and Helene follow Jeannie and Jimmy to the ballet and later dine separately in the same restaurant. Jeannie is enchanted by Jimmy and over the next few days, while Stanley and Fielding negotiate, Jimmy shows Jeannie more of Scotland's scenic beauty, including Loch Lomond and his nearby castle. Later, when Stanley learns from the hotel's page boy that Jeannie is finally alone, he becomes distracted while signing the documents on the deal with Fielding, and leaves to find her. However, Stanley encounters Jimmy instead and tells him to abandon the chase. At dinner that evening, when Jeannie tells Jimmy that she is leaving the next day, he asks her to marry him. Stanley interrupts them to announce that he has sold the European rights to his washing machine and Jeannie informs him that she and Jimmy are engaged. After Stanley leaves, Jeannie tells Jimmy that they will have to wait to get married until he has some money, as all of hers is gone. Jimmy explains that he thought that she was a millionairess and that he is totally broke. However, he adds that although he originally wanted to marry Jeannie for her money, he now wants to marry her for herself. Jeannie tells Jimmy that she likes him, but not enough to marry him. After Jeannie sails back to the United States, she sells the house in Heatherdale and prepares to move to New York. As she is packing, Stanley shows up and shows her a newspaper story about Jimmy's engagement to a toothpaste heiress. Stanley tells her that he loves her and, when he asks her to marry him, she agrees. +

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