This Happy Breed (1944) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by David Lean and produced by Ronald Neame.
This Happy Breed (1944)By Beatrice on Nov 21, 2014 From Flickers in Time
This Happy Breed Directed by David Lean Written by Anthony Havlock Allen, David Lean, and Ronald Neame from a play by Noel Coward 1944/UK Noel Coward-Cineguild/Two Cities Films First viewing/Amazon Instant Video This is the episodic story of two neighboring middle-class London families between ... Read full article
"This Happy Breed" & "Brief Encounter"By Jeremy Carr on Jul 10, 2013 From Studies in Cinema
David Lean is probably best known for large-scale super productions like Bridge on the Rive Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965), and this is of course not without due reason; these, especially Lawrence, are tremendous films. But when you look at Lean’s body of wor... Read full article
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The title 'This Happy Breed' is taken from a monologue of John of Gaunt's in Shakespeare's Richard II, act II, scene i, which is widely renowned for its stirring pro-Anglicism. It reads, in part, 'This happy breed of men, this little world, / This precious stone set in the silver sea, / Which serves it in the office of a wall, / Or as a moat defensive to a house, / Against the envy of less happier lands, / This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.'
David Lean's first film in color.
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