The Pursuit of Happiness

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Pursuit of Happiness was adapted from the risque stage comedy by Lawrence Langner and Armina Marshall. Set during the American revolution, the film centers around the quaint 18th century custom of "bundling"--that is, having unmarried men and women share the same bed during cold weather, albeit fully clothed and with a wooden plank separating the bedmates. Joan Bennett is the American heroine, an innkeeper's daughter, and Francis Lederer the Hessian hero, who has deserted the English cause to experience American freedom--most notably the bundling practice. As Bennett's parents, Charlie Ruggles and Mary Boland perform their usual domestic comedy in period costume. TV Guide listings frequently confuse the 1934 Pursuit of Happiness with an altogether different 1971 TV-movie of the same name.

Cast

Francis Lederer
as Max Christmann
Joan Bennett
as Prudence Kirkland
Charlie Ruggles
as Aaron Kirkland
Mary Boland
as Comfort Kirkland
Walter Kingsford
as Reverend Lyman Banks
Minor Watson
as Col. Sherwood
Adrian Morris
as Thad Jennings
Barbara Barondess
as Meg Mallory
Duke York
as Jonathan
Burr Caruth
as Rev. Myles
Jules Cowles
as The Drunk
John Marston
as Tall Conspirator
Georgie Billings
as Little Boy
Paul Kruger
as Orderly
Ricca Allen
as Boy's Mother
Holmes Herbert
as Gen. Sir Henry Clinton
Boyd Irwin
as Lord William Pitt
Henry Mowbray
as King George III
Winter Hall
as Max's Uncle
Bert Sprotte
as Col. Hoffer
Colin Tapley
as Aide to Sir Henry Clinton
Reginald Pasch
as Col. Hoffer's Aide
Baron Hesse
as Coachman
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  • The picture has been intelligently directed; it is quite consistently entertaining; and it has, as I have said, the ingratiating Mr. Lederer in a part well tailored to his talents, including his gift for comedy.

    Jun 12, 2019 | Full Review…

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