An American boy and a French girl run away from a Swiss school making for Paris to reunite with their parents. The boy's father and the girl's mother join forces, despite cultural differences, to search for their kids.
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While setting up a business in Paris, American widower Michael Andrews (Gene Kelly) has placed his adolescent son, Danny Andrews (Bobby Clark), in a Swiss boarding school as Mike has no time during this phase of the business set-up to look after Danny on his own. Mike receives distressing news that Danny has run away from the school with another student, Parisienne Janine Duval (Brigitte Fossey). This news does not sit well with either Mike or Janine's divorcée mother, Suzanne Duval (Barbara Laage). Suzanne believes Danny is a delinquent influence on her daughter, while Mike believes Janine is an enabler as non-French speaking Danny could not manage outside the school without some language assistance. They learn from another student that Danny is heading to Paris to show Mike that he is independent enough to live in Paris with Mike, while Janine tagged along because she sees herself as Danny's girl and as she has not seen her mother in some time. As the children have not been gone ...Written by
A happy comic scoot along the French countryside involving an American and a Parisienne who get embroiled in a bicycle race, pique-nique (picnic), NATO, Gendarmerie and in each other - all done delightfully and amusingly.
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At the very beginning, when the boy is running away, he is shown throwing his knotted rope over the railing, and immediately beginning the climb down. The next shot shows him continuing his climb, but now the rope is tied with a big knot on the railing, though he didn't stop to do that. See more »
Gene Kelly produced, directed and starred in "The Happy Road". According to TCM when they aired it, Kelly had no work despite being under contract with MGM and so he made this movie in Europe. In hindsight, I think he should have just gone there on vacation.
The story begins with two kids sneaking away from their boarding school in Switzerland. Danny (Bobby Clark) is running away because he misses his father (Kelly) who is working in Paris. Janine (Brigitte Fossey) tags along because she thinks Danny is wonderful! Soon, the frightened parents spring into action and go in search of their kids.
There are many problems with the film--and they boil down to the script. The children and their parts worked well...the adults, on the other hand, were written badly...particularly Kelly's role. He played an overly stereotypical ugly American--who constantly was angry because the French didn't act just like Americans. Annoying, to say the least...but so was much of the interaction between the adults. The script was just not particularly good nor interesting when it came to these parents...and the nice moments with the kids wasn't enough to save this one.
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