Joy in the Morning

Undoubted appeal of the Betty Smith novel fails to come through in any appreciable measure in its filmic translation, at best a lightweight entry.

With:
Richard Chamberlain Yvette Mimieux Arthur Kennedy Oscar Homolka Joan Tetzel Sidney Blackmer

Undoubted appeal of the Betty Smith novel fails to come through in any appreciable measure in its filmic translation, at best a lightweight entry.

Story is of a young couple’s first year of marriage at a small mid-western college in late 1920s where groom is working his way through law school. Weakness of picture lies in the treatment. There is an absence of anything unusual happening and nothing is accomplished to overcome this lack through strong buildup of characterization.

Richard Chamberlain seldom appears at ease as the young husband-student who has difficulty in making ends meet as he takes a night watchman job to augment his day jobs, leaving only scarce time for family life and classes. Yvette Mimieux fares a little better, as she babysits to help out, then leaves Chamberlain when she finds she’s pregnant so he won’t have additional worries. Arthur Kennedy as the husband’s father brings them together again in a gruff role.

Joy in the Morning

Production: M-G-M. Director Alex Segal; Producer Henry T. Weinstein; Screenplay Sally Benson, Alfred Hayes, Norman Lessing; Camera Ellsworth Fredericks; Editor Tom McCarthy; Music Bernard Herrmann; Art Director George W. Davis, Carl Anderson

Crew: (Color) Extract of a review from 1965. Running time: 101 MIN.

With: Richard Chamberlain Yvette Mimieux Arthur Kennedy Oscar Homolka Joan Tetzel Sidney Blackmer

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