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What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)

A new infection that simply makes people feel happy is treated as a threat by the authorities while its "victims" work to spread it to others.

Director:

George Seaton

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Vincent McHugh (story "I Am Thinking of My Darling"), Tedd Pierce | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
George Peppard ... Pete
Mary Tyler Moore ... Liz
Don Stroud ... Barney
Susan Saint James ... Aida
Dom DeLuise ... J. Gardner Monroe
Nathaniel Frey ... Conrad
John McMartin ... The Mayor
Charles Lane ... Dr. Shapiro
Jeanne Arnold Jeanne Arnold ... Gertrude
George Furth ... Murgatroyd
Morty Gunty ... Sgt. Gunty
Joe Ponazecki Joe Ponazecki ... Officer Ponazecki
Frank Campanella Frank Campanella ... Capt. Wallace
Thelma Ritter ... Mrs. Schwartz
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A new infection that simply makes people feel happy is treated as a threat by the authorities while its "victims" work to spread it to others.

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This picture is all about...Love/Red Tape/Scotch tape?/SEX/strange birds/Strange People and 17 ways to feel good See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

31 July 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

What's So Bad About Feeling Good? See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Thelma Ritter's final film; her screen debut, Miracle on 34th Street (1947), was also directed by George Seaton, making Ritter one of a handful of actors to be directed by the same person in both their first and last films. See more »

Quotes

J. Gardner Monroe: [the picture goes off] Well, I guess we could all use a little sleep.
Murgatroyd: Oh, ah, but the sound is on. We can still hear them.
J. Gardner Monroe: What er, what are you, a listening tom?
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I'm Bubblin' Over
Written by Jerry Keller and Dave Blume
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Silly but fun
29 June 1999 | by resslercSee all my reviews

This movie was very silly but fun and actually a little thought-provoking. Mary Tyler Moore and George Peppard play two hippies who live with several of their friends in a dingy New York apartment. Their only goal in life is to "tune in and drop out" of mainstream society. After a toucan carrying a "happy virus" infects them, however, they "clean up" their acts, and begin to dress and act like your typical 60's establishment types. Moore and Peppard begin to think about marriage and children. The virus spreads all over New York City and people begin to be nice to one another. This alarms the makers of such products as alcohol, tobacco and gambling since demand for these begins to plummet! I always liked the scenes where rude New Yorkers begin to treat each other with respect and kindness, and the "hippy pad" was intriguing to me as a little kid. It wasn't just the silliness of the movie, though, that I liked. It actually made me think about how just waving a wand and making everyone happy would have a lot of unintended consequences. It was an early introduction for me to the economic concept of opportunity costs.


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