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Happy Land (1943)

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73 min | Drama, Romance, War

In a typical American Midwestern city, Hartfield, Iowa, Lew Marsh (Don Ameche) is the owner of a drugstore. Everyone knows Lew and knew his grandfather, old "Gramp" Marsh (Harry Carey), who had passed on. One evening, Lew and his wife, ...See moreIn a typical American Midwestern city, Hartfield, Iowa, Lew Marsh (Don Ameche) is the owner of a drugstore. Everyone knows Lew and knew his grandfather, old "Gramp" Marsh (Harry Carey), who had passed on. One evening, Lew and his wife, Agnes (Frances Dee), reminisce lovingly about their son, "Rusty" (Richard Crane), when a telegram arrives from the Navy Department informing them that "Rusty" had been killed in action. Lew becomes bitter, avoids people, refuses to go near the family drugstore. "Gramp" appears before Lew and takes him in hand and together, they revisit the past: Lew's childhood; "Gramp" as a Civil War veteran; Lew's courtship of Agnes; the birth of "Rusty"; Lew as a WWI soldier; Rusty's boyhood days and into his attempt to decide between Lenore Prentiss and Gretchen Barry, and how Lenore becomes his girl just before he joins the Navy. This excursion into the past takes away Lew's bitterness and he now sees what America means. Written by Les Adams See less
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Kathryn Scola (screenplay) | Julien Josephson (screenplay) | MacKinlay Kantor (from the novel by)
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Joseph LaShelle (as Joseph La Shaelle)
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Nov 10, 1943 (United States)
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46 cast members
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Don Ameche
Lew Marsh Lew Marsh   See fewer
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Frances Dee
Agnes Marsh Agnes Marsh   See fewer
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Ann Rutherford
Lenore Prentiss Lenore Prentiss   See fewer
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Cara Williams
Gretchen Barry Gretchen Barry   See fewer
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Richard Crane
Russell 'Rusty' Marsh Russell 'Rusty' Marsh   See fewer
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Harry Morgan
Anton 'Tony' Cavrek (as Henry Morgan) Anton 'Tony' Cavrek (as Henry Morgan)   See fewer
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Minor Watson
Judge Colvin Judge Colvin   See fewer
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Dickie Moore
Peter Orcutt Peter Orcutt   See fewer
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June Preston
Mrs. Prentiss daughter Mrs. Prentiss daughter   See fewer
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Richard Abbott
Reverend Wood (uncredited) Reverend Wood (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jackie Averill
Tod (uncredited) Tod (uncredited)   See fewer
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Walter Baldwin
Jake Hibbs (uncredited) Jake Hibbs (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joseph E. Bernard
Clerk (uncredited) Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lillian Bronson
Mattie Dyer (uncredited) Mattie Dyer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marjorie Cooley
Teacher (uncredited) Teacher (uncredited)   See fewer
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Adeline De Walt Reynolds
Mrs. Schneider (uncredited) Mrs. Schneider (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Dilson
Charles Clayton (uncredited) Charles Clayton (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ned Dobson Jr.
Jackie (uncredited) Jackie (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Dudley
Old Man Bowers (uncredited) Old Man Bowers (uncredited)   See fewer
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Elvin Field
Joe (uncredited) Joe (uncredited)   See fewer
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Reed Hadley
Off-Screen Narrator (uncredited) Off-Screen Narrator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Darla Hood
Lenore Prentiss - Age 12 (uncredited) Lenore Prentiss - Age 12 (uncredited)   See fewer
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Milton Kibbee
Shep Wayne (uncredited) Shep Wayne (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pass Le Noir
Dr. Hammond (uncredited) Dr. Hammond (uncredited)   See fewer
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Terry Masengale
Arch (uncredited) Arch (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edwin Mills
Bud (uncredited) Bud (uncredited)   See fewer
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Matt Moore
Mr. Prentiss (uncredited) Mr. Prentiss (uncredited)   See fewer
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Roseanne Murray
Mrs. Velma Jacobson (uncredited) Mrs. Velma Jacobson (uncredited)   See fewer
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William J. O'Brien
Chris - Drugstore Counterman (uncredited) Chris - Drugstore Counterman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Oscar O'Shea
Father Case (uncredited) Father Case (uncredited)   See fewer
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Larry Olsen
Rusty - Age 5 (uncredited) Rusty - Age 5 (uncredited)   See fewer
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Aileen Pringle
Mrs. Prentiss (uncredited) Mrs. Prentiss (uncredited)   See fewer
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Juanita Quigley
Sally Pierce (uncredited) Sally Pierce (uncredited)   See fewer
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James J. Smith
Everett Moore (uncredited) Everett Moore (uncredited)   See fewer
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Houseley Stevenson
Sam Watson (uncredited) Sam Watson (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Stevenson
Mr. MacMurray (uncredited) Mr. MacMurray (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ferris Taylor
Mayor (uncredited) Mayor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bernard Thomas
Sam Kendall (uncredited) Sam Kendall (uncredited)   See fewer
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Larry Thompson
Andy Jacobson (uncredited) Andy Jacobson (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Weber
Bill Beecher (uncredited) Bill Beecher (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Weigel
Pop Schmidt (uncredited) Pop Schmidt (uncredited)   See fewer
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James West
Rusty - Ages 12 to 16 (uncredited) Rusty - Ages 12 to 16 (uncredited)   See fewer
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Leigh Whipper
Old Ben (uncredited) Old Ben (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mary Wickes
Emmy (uncredited) Emmy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Natalie Wood
Little Girl Who Drops Ice Cream Cone (uncredited) Little Girl Who Drops Ice Cream Cone (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.7 / 10 | 269 votes