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The Pursuit of Happiness

Released Sep 28, 1934 1h 20m Comedy List
Reviews Max (Francis Lederer) is a German violinist who is drafted to fight as a Hessian alongside the British during the American Revolution. But once he is in America, Max becomes impressed with the colonial cause and deserts the British. He finds shelter at the homestead of Aaron Kirkland (Charles Ruggles) and falls in love with Kirkland's beautiful daughter Prudence (Joan Bennett). He tries to approach Prudence, but unfamiliar Puritan mores get in his way and frustrate his pursuit of happiness. Read More Read Less

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Helen Brown Norden Vanity Fair The picture has been intelligently directed; it is quite consistently entertaining; and it has, as I have said, the ingratiating Mr. Lederer in a part well tailored to his talents, including his gift for comedy. Jun 12, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Max (Francis Lederer) is a German violinist who is drafted to fight as a Hessian alongside the British during the American Revolution. But once he is in America, Max becomes impressed with the colonial cause and deserts the British. He finds shelter at the homestead of Aaron Kirkland (Charles Ruggles) and falls in love with Kirkland's beautiful daughter Prudence (Joan Bennett). He tries to approach Prudence, but unfamiliar Puritan mores get in his way and frustrate his pursuit of happiness.
Director
Alexander Hall
Distributor
Paramount Pictures
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Sep 28, 1934, Original
Runtime
1h 20m