This Happy Breed

This Happy Breed

Directed by David Lean • 1944 • United Kingdom
Starring Robert Newton, Celia Johnson

David Lean brings to vivid emotional life Noël Coward’s epic chronicle of a working-class family in the London suburbs over the course of two decades. Robert Newton and Celia Johnson are surpassingly affecting as Frank and Ethel Gibbons, a couple with three children whose modest household is touched by joy and tragedy from the tail end of the First World War to the beginning of the Second. With its mix of politics and melodrama, THIS HAPPY BREED is a quintessential British domestic drama, featuring subtly expressive Technicolor cinematography by Ronald Neame and a remarkable supporting cast including John Mills, Stanley Holloway, and Kay Walsh.

This Happy Breed
  • This Happy Breed

    Directed by David Lean • 1944 • United Kingdom
    Starring Robert Newton, Celia Johnson

    David Lean brings to vivid emotional life Noël Coward’s epic chronicle of a working-class family in the London suburbs over the course of two decades. Robert Newton and Celia Johnson are surpassingly affecting a...

Extras

  • Barry Day on THIS HAPPY BREED

    In the following interview, recorded in October 2011, Noël Coward expert Barry Day, author of “Coward on Film: The Cinema of Noël Coward,” discusses THIS HAPPY BREED.

  • The Golden Age

    Ronald Neame (1911–2010) was one of three partners in Cineguild Productions, alongside director David Lean and producer Anthony Havelock-Allan. Neame contributed as cinematographer, producer, or screenwriter to many Cineguild projects before becoming a director himself. In this 2010 interview, he...

  • THIS HAPPY BREED Rerelease Trailer