October 1949: Love Happy





















What! A Marx Brothers movie!? I thought I’d seen them all? How did I miss this one? It must have been part of that Marx Bros box set I bought some years back? But… huh.

This is not one of the classic Marx movies. There’s not a lot of Groucho in here (and his scenes have obviously been spliced in here as an afterthought? filmed by a different crew?), and there’s a lot of Harpo scenes. Hm…

Oh:

It was originally conceived as a vehicle for Harpo, so as a result we get lesser input from Chico and even less from Groucho (which is especially unfortunate).

And it’s the final Marx Bros movie!

It’s got the perfect plot: The Bros have to help some kids put up a show while thwarting some diamond smugglers. Impossible not to enjoy.

OK, this can’t really be called a “good movie”, but I laughed out loud several times, and was smiling the rest of the time, so I can’t be too critical.

But it’s weirdly paced, or just perhaps too long? When I though we were getting to the climax, we were only two thirds done.

It’s funny! What can I say.

Love Happy. David Miller. 1949.

Popular movies in October 1949 according to IMDB:

Poster Votes Rating Movie
10197 8.3 The Heiress
1499 7.7 Intruder in the Dust
216 7.4 Give Us This Day
2972 7.3 The Reckless Moment
1601 7.2 Beyond the Forest
9047 7.1 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
957 7.1 Reign of Terror
1509 7.0 Border Incident
212 6.9 Everybody Does It

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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