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…


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:

101978.3The Heiress
14997.7Intruder in the Dust
2167.4Give Us This Day
29727.3The Reckless Moment
16017.2Beyond the Forest
90477.1The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
9577.1Reign of Terror
15097.0Border Incident
2126.9Everybody Does It

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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