The Happy Years

1950 film by William A. Wellman

The Happy Years is a 1950 American romantic comedy movie directed by William A. Wellman and is based on the novel The Varmint by Owen Johnson. It stars Dean Stockwell, Darryl Hickman, Scotty Beckett, Leon Ames, Leo G. Carroll, Robert Wagner. It was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The Happy Years
Directed byWilliam Wellman
Written byHarry Ruskin
Based on
The Varmint: A Lawrenceville Story
Produced byCarey Wilson
StarringDean Stockwell
Darryl Hickman
Scotty Beckett
Leon Ames
Margalo Gillmore
CinematographyPaul C. Vogel
Edited byJohn Dunning
Music byLeigh Harline
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byLoew's, Inc.
Release date
Running time
109-110 mins
CountryUnited States
Box office$855,000[1]

Plot change

John Humperdink Stover, a troublemaker expelled from several schools, gets one last chance at a new academy to mature and receive a proper education. He befriends Tough McCarty and Tennessee Shad but continues to fight and play pranks on Connie Brown. Facing expulsion again, Stover has a change of heart and decides to reform, making his father proud.

Reception change

According to MGM records, the movie earned $680,000 in the US and Canada and $175,000 elsewhere, making a loss of $1,096,000 for the studio.

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.

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