Happy Is the Bride

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Happy Is the Bride
"Happy is the Bride" (1958).jpg
British theatrical poster
Directed by Roy Boulting
Screenplay by Roy Boulting
Jeffrey Dell
Based onplay Quiet Wedding by Esther McCracken.
Produced by Paul Soskin
Starring Ian Carmichael
Janette Scott
Cecil Parker
Cinematography Edward Scaife
Edited by Anthony Harvey
Music by Benjamin Frankel
Production
company
Paul Soskin Productions (as Panther)
Distributed by British Lion Films (UK)
Release date
  • 4 March 1958 (1958-03-04)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Happy Is the Bride is a 1958 black and white British comedy film written and directed by Roy Boulting and starring Ian Carmichael, Janette Scott, Cecil Parker, Terry-Thomas and Joyce Grenfell. [1] It is based on the play Quiet Wedding by Esther McCracken, previously filmed in 1941. [2]

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Plot

In a quiet summer corner of Wiltshire that is forever England, David and Janet decide to tie the knot. Unfortunately this is the cue for everyone else to take over proceedings, to the dismay of the couple and the increasing despair of Janet's father. One way or another the wedding - if there is one - is going to be an unforgettable occasion. [3]

Cast

Critical reception

Leonard Maltin called the film a "mild farce"; [4] while Bosley Crowther in The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Boulting has assembled and directed a typically fine British cast, which plays the farcical proceedings with skill and apparent enjoyment...all the characters are amusing. That's usually the way in a Boulting film." [5]

Box office

Kinematograph Weekly listed it as being "in the money" at the British box office in 1958. [6] It was one of the twelve most popular films of the year in Britain. [7]

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References

  1. "Happy Is the Bride". BFI. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  2. "Quiet Wedding (1941)". BFI. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012.
  3. "Happy Is the Bride (1958) - IMDb" via www.imdb.com.
  4. "Happy Is the Bride (1958) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies.
  5. Crowther, Bosley (30 June 1959). "Screen: Marital Farce; ' Happy Is the Bride' in Premiere at Guild (Published 1959)" via NYTimes.com.
  6. Billings, Josh (18 December 1958). "Others in the Money". Kinematograph Weekly. p. 7.
  7. "Britain's Money Pacers 1958". Variety. 15 April 1959. p. 60.