Here Comes Happiness (1941)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Run Time - 56 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The brazen audaciousness with which Bryan Foy's B-picture unit at Warner Bros. remade the studio's old properties was seldom more pronounced than in 1941's Here Comes Happiness, a thinly disguised reworking of 1934's Happiness Ahead! The original starred Dick Powell and Josephine Hutchinson; the remake casts Edward Norris as ambitious sandhog Chet Madden and Mildred Coles as poor little rich girl Jessica Vance. Tired of having her every move dictated by her wealthy mother (Marjorie Gateson), Jessica rebels altogether when mama personally selects the girl's future husband. Our heroine escapes to the tenements, assumes a phony name, and falls in love with Chet, who has grandiose plans about his own future. Secretly financing Chet's pet projects, Jessica loses him when he finds out her true identity and disdainfully gives back her money. It's up to Jessica's foxy papa (Russell Hicks), who admires Chet's inborn business acumen, to bring the lovers back together.

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competition, forbidden-love, fortune-hunter, love, Roman, romance