U certificateThis Happy Breed is a Film programme that first aired in 1944 and has been classified a U certificate.

This Happy Breed is a 4 star programme

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This Happy Breed (1944)

Directed by
David Lean

Taken from Noel Coward's popular play of the same name, David Lean's film looks at the way in which a working-class family adapts to life after the First World War, as they slowly move up the social ladder. Celia Johnson stars as dowdy housewife Ethel Gibbons, married to Frank, who has just returned from the war. Ethel had been sharing a house with her daughter Queenie, son Reg, crotchety mother Mrs Flint and spinster sister-in-law Sylvia. Frank returns from the war to move them all into a bigger house in Clapham and the film traces the ups and downs of the family's fortunes as peace allows them to reach for a greater standing in life.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 100 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1944

4/5 Stars

Classification: U Certificate

Production Country: UK

Filmed in Black and White

When is This Happy Breed next on TV?

It's next showing on Talking Pictures June 17th, 11:35am. See more...


Robert Newton...Frank Gibbons
Image for Celia JohnsonCelia Johnson...Ethel Gibbons
John Mills...Billy Mitchell
Kay Walsh...Queenie Gibbons
Stanley Holloway...Bob Mitchell
Amy Veness...Mrs. Flint
Alison Leggatt...Aunt Sylvia
Eileen Erskine...Vi
John Blythe...Reg
Guy Verney...Sam Leadbitter
Merle Tottenham...Edie
Betty Fleetwood...Phyllis