This Happy Breed
This Happy Breed (1944)

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 1, 1944
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TIME Magazine

This Happy Breed is Noel Coward's proud and loving tribute to the unbreakable British backbone.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

While not exacty up to contemporary standards of social realism this domestic saga was ground-breaking in its day and still captivates.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

not a particularly deep film, but it gets the details of human interaction and growth just right, providing a moving portrait of one family's durability in the midst of massive historical upheaval

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Variety Staff
Variety

Film's excellence comes mainly in the performances.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

It's quite the study in domesticity and acceptance, and it even presents socialist activism and union strikes as some sort of idealistic fling...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If it doesn't bore you to death with its contrived melodramatics then maybe its decorative historical background might catch your interest.

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Time Out

Though Lean and Coward are less happy here than in the brittle, refined atmosphere of Brief Encounter, their adventurous excursion into suburban Clapham remains endlessly fascinating.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This Happy Breed ranks with 1949's One Woman's Story and 1950's Madeleine as the most obscure title in David Lean's canon. That's a shame, because it's a wonderful motion picture.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is an immensely charming movie, with many tears and many moments of warmth.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
The film is really about the evolution of a country between times of war, set against a families own personal ups and downs. The most dramatic events happen off… More
David Sayers
This is a bit of a difficult creature from the other Lean/Coward film 'Brief Encounter' as it focuses on a whole family and is more of an ensemble… More
Alec Barniskis
Its predictable, but that may be the result of the fact that this kind of decade sprawling melodrama is a lot more common nowadays. You can see the seeds of the… More
Daniel Dolgin
Another David Lean, Noel Coward adaption, This Happy Breed follows the life of a suburban family between the two world wars. A two decade long epic this film… More