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LET'S BE HAPPY


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This musical which stars Vera-Ellen (her last motion picture) and Tony Martin was filmed overseas and released by Allied Artists. Since AA is now a part of WB library, does anyone know if the studio still holds the rights to the film which was released in 1957? This is another motion picture that has virtually vanished from sight. I don't recall LET'S BE HAPPY ever appearing on TV.

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I guess you could say my answer is a definate maybe-not. "Let's Be Happy" was produced by Marcel Hoffman Productions, an independent producer. That means that Allied Artists only had the distribution rights to it. In most of these deals, the rights were for an agreed upon number of years and then reverted back to the producer, or if he passed away, his estate. In some cases, the studio, usually a larger one, might renew the arrangement or buy out the producer completely, but I doubt that a small company like AA, who wasn't in the best of financial shape, would have bothered. So what I'm telling you is I doubt that the film was included in the sale to Warner Bros.

 

From what I've read, Warners aquired the AA films when they bought Lorimar Pictures, which had previously bought the AA film library, to gain some of the bigger titles like "Cabaret" and classics like "The Bowery Boys" series. Even if they have "Let's Be Happy" they've shown little if any interest in releasing most of the AA catalog.

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Thanx Markfp2 for that answer. I figured something like that might have happened. I guess I can probably mark this one off as a lost film. Unless the film re-surfaces like Vera-Ellen's other British musical HAPPY GO LOVELY which has fallen into public domain. Another British musical THE KING'S RHAPSODY which stars Errol Fynn and Anna Nagel probably suffers from the same fate as LETS BE HAPPY. This film was released by UA circa 1955 and has also vanished from sight. I own a press kit from the film and would be curious to take a look at that movie.

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