The Happy Years (Full Screen)

Based on Owen Johnson's The Lawrenceville School Stories, the film stars Dean Stockwell as Dink Stover, whose concerned papa sends him to the posh prep school in hopes of turning the troublemaker into a responsible young man.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
  • Video: Color
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  • Originally Released: 1950
  • Label: Warner Archives
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Audio:
    • English

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Director William A. "Wild Bill" Wellman tackled all manner of subjects during his legendary career: war (Battleground, Wings), Hollywood (1937's A Star Is Born), exotic adventure (Beau Geste), crime (The Public Enemy) and, with The Happy Years, joyous, jim-dandy, turn-of-the-century Americana. Based on Owen Johnson's The Lawrenceville School Stories, the film stars Dean Stockwell as Dink Stover, whose concerned papa sends him to the posh prep school in hopes of turning the troublemaker into a responsible young man. Fisticuffs, feuds and football test the lad's mettle, but (of course) all comes right at the end. Deft and delightfully comic, The Happy Years happily evokes the charm and innocence of a lost era.

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Owen Johnson's novel THE LAWRENCEVILLE SCHOOL STORIES (compiled from short stories originally published in THE SATURDAY EVENING POST) was the basis for THE HAPPY YEARS. The film is set at an early 20th-century boy's prep school; Dean Stockwell plays an habitual troublemaker sent to this school as a means of straightening him out and making a man of him. At first bullied by the older kids, the pugnacious Stockwell stands his ground until he earns his fellow students' respect. The film adheres strictly to MGM's factory-tested BOYS TOWN formula by having Stockwell cleaning up his act and becoming a worthwhile Lawrenceville student. Watch THE HAPPY YEARS carefully and you'll spot an unbilled Robert Wagner, in his film debut.

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  • Sales Rank: 23,571
  • UPC: 883316225561
  • Shipping Weight: 0.20/lbs (approx)
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