|THE HAPPY ROAD (director: Gene Kelly; screenwriters: Arthur Julian/Joe Morhaim/Harry Kurnitz/story by Arthur Julian & Joe Morhaim; cinematographer: Robert Juillard; editor: Borys Lewin; music: Georges Van Parys; cast: Gene Kelly (Mike Andrews), Barbara Laage (Suzanne Duval), Bobby Clark (Danny Andrews), Brigitte Fossey (Janine Duval), Michael Redgrave (Gen. Medworth), Colette Dereal (Helene), Roger Treville (Dr. Solaise), Jess Hahn (Morgan); Runtime: 99; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Gene Kelly; MGM; 1957)|
comedy that fails to maintain the charm it
by Dennis Schwartz
made in France Gene Kelly ("Singin' in
the Rain"/"It's Always Fair Weather"/"On The Town")
whimsical comedy that fails to maintain the charm it
dishes out. Maurice Chevalier sings the
title tune, but does not appear in the film.
It's based on a trivial story by
Arthur Julian & Joe Morhaim, and is
written by Arthur Julian, Joe Morhaim
and Harry Kurnitz. The song-and-dance man
plays it as strictly a straight role, with no dancing.
children run away from an elite Swiss boarding school.
One student is Danny Andrews (Bobby Clark), whose
widower father is the European living American
businessman Mike Andrews (Gene Kelly). The kid runs
away to prove to dad he can make it on his own. Bobby
takes along with him a fellow student, Janine Duval (Brigitte
Fossey). His dad and her divorcee mom,
Suzanne (Barbara Laage), team up
to find the kids. If you guess a love interest
develops between the worried parents, you're right;
but don't think of yourself as some kind of seer for
figuring that one out.
case, the charming teens are on the back roads of
France on their adventurous way to Paris. Michael
Redgrave plays General Medworth, a NATO commander, who
is asked to help find the kids using his military
resources. He finds that the kids are outwitting him.
cranky American dad is not too thrilled with how slow
the French are in finding the kids. He also dislikes
their tiny rental cars. But the film still manages to
patronize the French by going on and on about their
The modest production, released as a second feature on double bills, is only slightly amusing and easily forgettable.
REVIEWED ON 1/8/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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