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Love Happy (1950)

Love Happy





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In this, the final Marx Brothers comedy, Groucho stars as a detective hired to track down some missing diamonds which are actually in Harpo's possession.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Harpo Marx, Frank Tashlin, Mac Benoff
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On DVD: Jun 15, 2004
United Artists

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as Maggie Phillips
Ilona Massey
as Madame Egelichi
Raymond Burr
as Alphonse Zoto
Harpo Marx
as Himself
Chico Marx
as Faustino the Great
Marion Hutton
as Bunny Dolan
Bruce Gordon
as Hannibal Zoto
Groucho Marx
as Detective Sam Grunio...
Melville Cooper
as Throckmorton
Leon Belasco
as Mr. Lyons
Paul Valentine
as Mike Johnson
Eric Blore
as Mackinaw
Marilyn Monroe
as Grunion's Client
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Critic Reviews for Love Happy

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Tortures the viewer with a long Harpo solo instrumental on the harp.

Full Review… | August 13, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Marx swan song. Worth catching, but not great.

June 16, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

July 21, 2005

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Love Happy


Okay but not the brothers best. Vera-Ellen's dance number based on Maugham's Rain is unusual and as always she dances beautifully. Marilyn is in and out within minutes but is a knockout.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Although this was their last real movie together, the Marx Brothers still had their charm in the fifties, and this movie is hilarious. The story revolves around Harpo for a change, but Groucho and Chico have good roles as well. This movie is really funny, I liked it, and if you like the Marx Brothers you should see this one. I don't know why some people don't like it, I suppose it wasn't what they expected, but I thought it was a lot of fun.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Love Happy" is remembered, primarily, as the last "Official" Marx Brothers film (they would all appear in brief vignettes in "The Story of Mankind", seven years later, but not as a team), but if the film were a baseball statistic, it would have an asterik (*), because it truly isn't a showcase of the brothers, together, but a comedy starring Harpo, with Chico in a supporting role, and Groucho doing narration, and making brief appearances, occasionally (rather like the "General Electric Theater" TV episode the brothers would do, in 1959, where Harpo and Chico played crooks with hearts of gold, and Groucho would make a surprise appearance at the finale, as their lawyer).

As a comedy, "Love Happy" is so-so, with Harpo providing some genuine laughs, particularly during an interrogation scene with villains Raymond Burr, Ilona Massey, Eric Blore, and Bruce Gordon, and in the rooftop finale, with Harpo offering the same kind of outrageous physical humor that he had demonstrated in the classic MGM comedies. But the rest of the plot, while mildly entertaining, is simply a musical variation of "Room Service", as an impoverished group of performers (headed by Paul Valentine and future star Vera-Ellen) struggle to put on a Broadway musical.

The back story of the film is possibly more entertaining than the movie, itself; Harpo had wanted to make a solo film throughout the forties, and had tinkered on the script for several years, while soliciting financial backing for the project. Chico, meanwhile, was running up huge gambling debts, as was often the case (while a brilliant card player, he was a notoriously bad gambler), and just as the Marxes had made "A Night in Casablanca", in 1946, to pay off his debts at that time, Harpo brought him into "Love Happy" to do the same. Unfortunately, the end of the decade was a depressed time for film making (with television making inroads into the ticket-buying public), and backers would only fund the project if all three brothers would appear in the movie.

Groucho, by now a genuine TV star, thanks to the "You Bet Your Life" quiz show, hated the script of "Love Happy", and had little desire to co-star in the film. He was, however, loyal to his brothers, and finally reached a compromise; he would only appear briefly, would not have to wear his trademark greasepaint eyebrows and mustache, and would have final approval of his dialog and the performers working with him. He could honestly say he helped 'discover' Marilyn Monroe, at an open audition (watching two other starlets walk across a stage, followed by Marilyn, when asked for his pick for a small role, he raised his eyebrows and quipped, "You're kidding, right?")

Be warned: While "Love Happy" is not terrible, it certainly is no "Night at the Opera", or "Duck Soup"!

David Ladd

Super Reviewer

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