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Happy Go Lovely [VHS] (1951)

David Niven , Vera-Ellen , Bruce Humberstone  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Niven, Vera-Ellen, Cesar Romero, Bobby Howes, Diane Hart
  • Directors: Bruce Humberstone
  • Format: Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • VHS Release Date: April 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006AUKI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,049 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy-Go-Wonderful Fun March 30, 2005
Format:DVD
Happy-Go-Lovely (1951) is a bright, breezy backstage musical which takes place at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

A chorus girl in a musical revue (Vera-Ellen) thumbs a ride in a limo belonging to a Scottish millionaire, leading to rumors of an affair even though they haven't met. Hoping for an investment, the amusingly unscrupulous producer of the show (Cesar Romero) elevates her from chorine to the lead. When the millionaire (David Niven) comes to the theater to investigate, he is mistaken for a reporter, and Vera-Ellen promptly falls in love with him.

Don't be fooled. This movie plays much better than the plot would suggest, providing a delightful piece of comfort food with excellent performances and entertaining musical numbers.

David Niven, playing a true "romantic" lead, is more charming than I have ever seen him before. Vera-Ellen, also charming and funny, dances beautifully and, playing one of her only undisputed female musical leads, carries the picture in excellent style. Cesar Romero is in his element as the comical producer/director, and, with the help of a fine supporting cast, provides zany, and surprisingly tasteful, fun.

Another highlight is the score by Mischa Spoliansky, which really gives the film its musical comedy feel, leaving one with the impression of much music and dancing despite the film having only four musical numbers.

The Roan Group DVD transfer of "Happy-Go-Lovely" is worth the extra money; in fact, it is the best print I have yet seen of this film. The colors are bright, the picture is reasonably sharp and clear, and, although it would benefit from further picture and sound restoration, the film overall is in pretty good shape.

I have watched Happy-Go-Lovely again and again, and it always entertains. I hope you enjoy it, too!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Happy as Can Be!!! April 5, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
The Edinburgh Festival is the setting for this musical comedy, and Cesar Romero is the director of a Broadway style musical, and unfortunately, he has run out of money and the creditors do not want to wait. So in desperation, he casts a chorus girl in the leading role, believing it will get him closer to her boyfriend's fortune, but there is one slight problem - she does not have a millionaire husband.
The cast is first rate, and it is a funny movie, too. Vera Ellen has to be on of the most under-rated dancers in a Hollywood gone by. I fell in love with her dancing after watching "White Christmas," and she's a joy to watch. So exciting, lithe, and talented. She makes it look so easy. Fall in love with Vera (only in the movies, of course), and get this marvelous film.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vera-Ellen dazzles April 19, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
HAPPY GO LOVELY is a charming musical, filmed in England and set against the backdrop of the Edinburgh Festival. Vera-Ellen, considered the greatest female dancer of her generation (and the best dancer to have been employed at MGM) plays Janet Jones, a young corps dancer in a new musical called "Frolics to You". Thanks to a case of jumping to the wrong conclusion, director Frost (Cesar Romero) believes Janet is the girlfriend of millionaire B.G. Bruno (David Niven). Frost decides to get B.G. to bankroll the musical and put Janet in the starring role. Comedic situations ensue before Janet and B.G. really find love in the final reel.

Fans of musicals (and in particular fans of the magnificent Vera-Ellen) will find HAPPY GO LOVELY a wonderful movie experience. Vera-Ellen is showcased in several musical numbers where she displays her unique combination of balletic grace, athleticism and coquettish charm. David Niven and Cesar Romero are great and the supporting cast features top British actors (Gordon Jackson, Bobby Howes and Joyce Carey to name three, but it's fun trying to spot others).

Alpha's DVD includes a decent print, perhaps a bit too bright and overexposed at times, but still very watchable
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie, DVD could be better June 9, 2006
Format:DVD
I'm not writing this review to talk about the MOVIE, because everyone else here says how wonderful it is and I completely agree. But about the DVD... I just bought the Roan version, and I must say that the picture is GREAT. Beautiful print, gorgeous colors, perfect contrast, and all the details are visible. My only complaint is the sound - low volume, high-frequency-muffled, and sometimes a little "garbled". I also have a 1-dollar DVD of this movie with washed-out picture and weak colors - like other people here describe the Alpha version - but the sound on THAT one is very good!. If only we could take the soundtrack from the cheapie and marry it to the picture from the Roan, we'd have a first-rate DVD!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun move/Great Vera Ellen however... December 12, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Terribel DVD recording, bad sound, bad contrast. Obviously copied from a print and not a negative...too bad. Cheaply done and not at all sharp. If you can stand that, get it for the performances.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
Having been spoiled by some of the Hollywood musicals, I found some of the musical numbers a bit lacking. But the presence of David Niven, Caesar Romero and Vera-Ellen overcame any lack. I think it's a sweet, charming surprise and enjoy it every time I view it. It's fun!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a better print, please May 30, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film is a minor bit of fluff, so it is unlikely to receive the full restoration treatment, which it needs badly.
This print, offered by Alpha Video (Gotham Distribution), is terribly washed out. I was tempted to adjust the contrast so I could distinguish the dancers from the scenery in the opening reel. I wonder if the jewelry that looked like grey stone was actually some shiny precious metal.
I suspect, however, that the original was never great eye candy, since the costumes are quite ugly regardless of color.
As for the movie itself, the musical numbers are all from a show within a show being put on in Scotland by an American producer with no funding. The title, "Frolics to You", signals that the show is horrible, so it should not be surprising that the choreography is mostly dull with strange hand movements. There are some impressive lifts (a one-armed catch-and-lift of Vera-Ellen by her leg bent at the knee caught my attention).
Those who enjoy spotting continuity errors will have a field day with this flick. Costumes that have cleavage when the just-seen underwear could not; shoes that lose their heels mid-dance (the style of dancing changes, necessitating new shoes, but it happens during a stage performance depicted as continuous); using the same dress and jewelry for 2 scenes occuring on 2 different nights...
I did enjoy David Niven's performance, especially when he alternates between stodgy and vulnerable within a few sentences. He is quite believably smitten by Vera-Ellen.
I bought this because I remember seeing and enjoying the film on TV years ago, and because I intend to collect Vera-Ellen DVDs, so I won't be discarding it until a good print is available. But, caveat emptor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Happy Go lovely
Picture quality pretty bad... had to keep adjusting color n brightness. Movie plot was cute and David Niven a delight to watch.
Published 4 months ago by Anmarie Kenger
5.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstandings make the best movies!
This is a classic favorite of mine that is not well known. Vera Ellen and David Niven are a great team! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shannon B.
3.0 out of 5 stars order came fast.
order came fast, I hoped the quality of the movie would have been better, I know it is not the sellers fault for the quality, that's why I didn't return it, That is why the three... Read more
Published 6 months ago by alinda7
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Musical, Poor Resolution
This is a very enjoyable musical with plenty of good ballet and dance numbers to make Vera Ellen shine. She and David Niven are quite charming as the principals. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Energeticus
5.0 out of 5 stars Vera Ellen
Vera Ellen is one of my favorite actresses. I loved her in White Christmas & any other movie I've found her in. She dances like a dream!
Published 11 months ago by Vickey
4.0 out of 5 stars Critic's Choice DVD version of Happy Go Lovely
The plot of this movie involves an American dancer in a stage production company in Scotland who is rumored to be the girlfriend of a millionaire Scotsman. Read more
Published 12 months ago by DCGUY
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
I have always loved the classics, and this one is no different. It is fun to watch the movie greats do what they do best. Tell a good story and have fun doing it.
Published 16 months ago by Terry Johnston
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality print no chapter searches
Vera-Ellen is a very good dancer, this film really shows her great talent its a shame she didn't dance with Cesar Romero who also was a great dancer but rarely danced in films and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Pieter A. Kooijman
1.0 out of 5 stars To bad
It look like a good movie. But hoo can see it . I hope if you have otyer tape to sell. Well pore them. ART
Published 18 months ago by arthur
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely and funny!!!
I love this movie! I few of the scenes are a bit over the top, but the rest are so fun. Vera-Ellen is one of my favorite dancers and her performances include: jazz, ballet, tap... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kara
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