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The one where a boy comes of age and there's a lot of alcohol


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Does that film have anything to do with the Kander/Ebb musical of the same name? Takes place in a French Canadian milieu?

Yes, that's it.  It originally ran on Broadway for over 600 performances in 1950-1951.  Kurt Kasznar repeats his role in the 1952 film version, and Louis Jourdan takes the role played by Richard Hart.  

 

It was later turned into the musical version you mentioned in the late 1960s.

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Wait! "Boy coming of age AND there's a lot of alcohol around"???

 

Reminds me of what Annie, the Bailey's maid, says in a certain Christmas perennial:

 

"Kids and Music. Why do they need gin?!" ;)

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Come to think of it, when a boy comes of age, there's usually a lot of alcohol around. and some women.

Wouldn't be surprised if the playwright for THE HAPPY TIME did borrow from Eugene O'Neill. In both, the uncle is a lovable loud-mouthed drunk. O'Neill created the template for these kinds of stories. I wonder if theatre patrons thought about the connection to Ah, Wilderness! when they went to see The Happy Time on Broadway. 

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