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Road to Happiness

A heartwarming tale of a struggling divorced singer, striving to raise his beloved child.
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Road to Happiness
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 14 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1941
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

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Description by OLDIES.com:

Aspiring opera singer Jeff Carter gets a nasty surprise upon returning to New York after years of study in Europe. His selfish wife Millie divorced him months earlier, married a wealthy older man, and put their son Danny in military school. Renting a cheap flat and assuming custody of Danny, Jeff struggles to find work as a singer but is forced to settle for a demeaning acting job on radio, playing faithful Indian companion to a pale imitation of the Lone Ranger. Things get more depressing when Danny's new stepfather, citing his ability to give the boy a life of luxury, pressures Jeff to surrender custody of the son who still worships him.

A talented stage performer who served in the U.S. military as a spy during WWI, John Boles played supporting roles in several silent films before attracting attention as Gloria Swanson's leading man in The Love of Sunya (1927). Tall, dark and handsome - and a robust baritone to boot - Boles was predicted to become a top box-office attraction once talkies came to stay, but major stardom eluded him despite appearing in the 1931 Universal horror classic, Frankenstein. Road to Happiness, the last of his moderately successful starring vehicles, but Phil Rosen's direction soft-pedals the more obvious cliches and adroitly mixes some comedy with the drama. The film also benefits from good chemistry between Boles and talented child actor Billy Lee, playing his son. - Ed Hulse

Product Description:

An unusually sentimental endeavor from rough-and-ready Monogram pictures, ROAD TO HAPPINESS stars former 20th Century-Fox leading man John Boles. Recently divorced, Boles tries to make things pleasant for his son Billy Lee (who two years earlier had captivated the critics in THE BISCUIT EATER). Complications ensue in the form of Boles' ex-wife and a battery of lawyers. Roscoe Karns lightens the proceedings with his patented brashness. ROAD TO HAPPINESS was scripted by Robert D. Andrews, of IF I HAD A MILLION fame.

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Families | Melodrama | Parenthood | Parents

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  • Sales Rank: 19,761
  • UPC: 089218658692
  • Shipping Weight: 0.21/lbs (approx)
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