Happy Is the Bride

Happy Is the Bride is a 1958 black and white British comedy film written and directed by Roy Boulting and starring Ian Carmichael, Janette Scott, Cecil Parker, Terry-Thomas and Joyce Grenfell.[1] It is based on the play Quiet Wedding by Esther McCracken, previously filmed in 1941.[2]

Happy Is the Bride
British theatrical poster
Directed byRoy Boulting
Produced byPaul Soskin
Screenplay byRoy Boulting
Jeffrey Dell
Based onplay Quiet Wedding by Esther McCracken.
StarringIan Carmichael
Janette Scott
Cecil Parker
Music byBenjamin Frankel
CinematographyEdward Scaife
Edited byAnthony Harvey
Paul Soskin Productions (as Panther)
Distributed byBritish Lion Films (UK)
Release date
  • 4 March 1958 (1958-03-04)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom



In a quiet summer corner of Wiltshire that is forever England, David and Janet decide to tie the knot. Unfortunately this is the cue for everyone else to take over proceedings, to the dismay of the couple and the increasing despair of Janet's father. One way or another the wedding - if there is one - is going to be an unforgettable occasion.[3]

Critical reception

Leonard Maltin called the film a "mild farce";[4] while Bosley Crowther in The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Boulting has assembled and directed a typically fine British cast, which plays the farcical proceedings with skill and apparent enjoyment...all the characters are amusing. That's usually the way in a Boulting film." [5]


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