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This Happy Breed


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| Film | United Kingdom | Colour | Comedy, Drama | 1h 55min |
| Stars: Robert Newton, Celia Johnson, Amy Veness | Director: David Lean

Life between the wars for a London suburban family

A Sweeping Panorama of Living


Robert Newton
Frank Gibbons
British actress Celia Johnson in a promotional picture for the film Brief Encounter (1945).  Johnson pairs a smart herringbone jacket with jumper and pearls
Ethel Gibbons
Amy Veness
Mrs Flint
Alison Leggatt
Aunt Sylvia
British comedian Stanley Holloway wears a trilby, jacket and tie as he smokes his pipe
Bob Mitchell
British actor John Mills wears a jacket and tie
Billy Mitchell
Photograph of British actress, Kay Walsh (1)
Eileen Erskine
John Blythe
Guy Verney
Sam Leadbitter
Betty Fleetwood
Phyllis Blake
Merle Tottenham
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Coward’s domestic epic is unconvincingly written and largely miscast, but sheer professionalism gets it through, and the decor is historically interesting. (Halliwell’s)


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Colour photo from This Happy Breed (1944) featuring people in a crowd waving Union Jacks


David Lean
Director / Writer (adaptation)
Anthony Havelock-Allan
Writer (adaptation)
Ronald Neame
Writer (adapted for the screen by)


Noel Coward-Cineguild
Production company
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Two Cities Films
Production company
Eagle-Lion Distributors Limited
Distribution company