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Director  Tay Garnett
Duration  
Country  United States
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Musical, Romance
Running time  1h 31m
Language  English
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Release date  May 6, 1938 (1938-05-06)
Writer  Gene Towne (screen play), C. Graham Baker (screen play), Allan Scott (screen play), Dorothy Fields (based on an original story by), Herbert Fields (based on an original story by)
Music director  Jerome Kern, Robert Russell Bennett
Screenplay  C. Graham Baker, Allan Scott, Gene Towne
Cast  Irene Dunne (Margaret 'Maggie' Garret), Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Daniel 'Dan' Brewster), Alice Brady (Minerva Garrett), Guy Kibbee (Dennis), Jean Dixon (Harrison), Eric Blore (Potter)
Similar movies  Grease, Corpse Bride, Shrek the Third, Lily in Love, Dreamgirls, The Producers
Tagline  WHEN IRENE SWINGS AND FLINGS AND SINGS, YOU LISTEN WITH YOUR HEART!

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Joy of Living is a 1938 film starring Irene Dunne and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. with supporting performances from Alice Brady, Guy Kibbee, Jean Dixon, Eric Blore and Lucille Ball. It features the hit song "You Couldn't Be Cuter," written by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields.

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Plot

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Margaret 'Maggie' Garret is the star of a new musical show, 'Glamour", having come up the hard way, following the family tradition of stage performance. She now earns a large salary but is devastated to learn that she is deeply in debt. She has worked extremely hard to make the show a success, but spends huge sums on a palatial home, and supporting her parents Dennis and Minerva, her sister Salina (also her understudy) and Salina's work-shy husband, Bert Pine.

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After the show one night, she forces her way through her adoring fans and is accosted by Dan Webster, who latches on to her and won't be put off. Taking him as a 'masher', she drives to the police station, but Dan charmingly talks his way out of the charge. When it happens again, Dan is forced to appear to court and demands that Maggie appear as a witness. The judge finds the charge proved and sentences Dan to six months in prison. Maggie, who is slowly taking a liking to Dan's debonair manner, begs the Judge to commute the sentence to a suspended one. He agrees, but appoints Maggie the 'probation officer', to whom Dan must report twice-weekly.

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Dan, now revealed as an easy-going pleasure-seeker from a rich banking family, claims to own an island in the South Pacific, bought with family money. He continues to pursue the hard-working Maggie, attempting to convince her to take time off and have fun - as he does.

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Eventually, they fall in love and marry. Dan wants to immediately board his boat and sail to his island, which he calls 'Paradise', but Maggie has a show to do. She must make a choice.

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Maggie returns to the family home and confronts her sponging family. She tells her Parents, who have spent a fortune on acquiring antiques, to go into the antiques business. She tells her sister that this is her big chance - tonight she will take the stage and (perhaps) make her name.

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Maggie and Dan sail off to Paradise.

Cast

  • Irene Dunne as Maggie
  • Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as Dan
  • Alice Brady as Minerva
  • Guy Kibbee as Dennis
  • Jean Dixon as Harrison
  • Eric Blore as Potter
  • Lucille Ball as Salina
  • Warren Hymer as Mike
  • Billy Gilbert as Cafe Owner
  • Frank Milan as Bert Pine
  • Dorothy Steiner as Dotsy Pine
  • Estelle Steiner as Betsy Pine
  • Phyllis Kennedy as Marie
  • Franklin Pangborn as Orchestra Leader
  • James Burke as Mac
  • John Qualen as Oswego
  • Reception

    RKO recorded a loss of $314,000 on the film.

    References

    Joy of Living Wikipedia
    Joy of Living IMDb Joy of Living themoviedb.org


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