Love Happy – 1949 – English
Comedy film directed in 1949 by David Miller, and starring The Marx Brothers, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Melville Cooper, Ilona Massey, Vera-Ellen, Marion Hutton, Raymond Burr, Eric Blore, Marilyn Monroe…
Synopsis: Young hopefuls trying to stage a Broadway show on a shoestring are sustained with food by expert shoplifter Harpo. They little suspect that his donations include the special sardine can hiding the Romanoff diamonds! Slinky Madame Egelichi and her henchmen will do anything to get them back, but the Marx Brothers lead them a merry chase.
Review: Love Happy is a treasure for die-hard Harpo fans. Harpo originally conceived “Love Happy” as a solo vehicle, but Chico wormed his way in because he needed money to pay gambling debts. Groucho was written in at the last minute to secure more funding from backers who insisted on having all three brothers in the film.
Harpo loves the beautiful dancer Maggie, who faces a collapsing career if the theater troupe fails. Chico, a mind-reader in the troupe, loves femme fatale Madame Egelichi, who is of course plotting evil. Groucho is the private detective who eventually solves the mystery of the sardines. It all makes sense in the end, as much as any Marx Brothers movie makes sense. Sit back and enjoy.