The Pursuit of Happiness (1934 film)

The Pursuit of Happiness is a 1934 American historical comedy film directed by Alexander Hall and written by Stephen Morehouse Avery, J.P. McEvoy and Virginia Van Upp. The film stars Francis Lederer, Joan Bennett, Charlie Ruggles, Mary Boland, Walter Kingsford, Minor Watson and Adrian Morris. The film was released on September 28, 1934, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

The Pursuit of Happiness
Directed byAlexander Hall
Produced byArthur Hornblow Jr.
Screenplay byStephen Morehouse Avery
J.P. McEvoy
Virginia Van Upp
StarringFrancis Lederer
Joan Bennett
Charlie Ruggles
Mary Boland
Walter Kingsford
Minor Watson
Adrian Morris
Music byHeinz Roemheld
Tom Satterfield
CinematographyKarl Struss
Edited byJames Smith
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 28, 1934 (1934-09-28)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States


A Hessian soldier serving with British forces during the American Revolutionary War deserts and tries to settle down in Connecticut with a local woman he has met.



  1. Sennwald, Andre (26 October 1934). "Movie Review - The Pursuit of Happiness - The Music Hall Presents a Gay Screen Edition of 'The Pursuit of Happiness' - 'Loyalties.'". Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  2. "The Pursuit of Happiness". Retrieved 28 February 2015.

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