ⓘ The Happy Years


ⓘ The Happy Years

The Happy Years is a 1950 film based on The Varmint by Owen Johnson. It concerns the adventures of Dink Stover, a boy attending the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey.


1. Plot

Expelled from other preparatory schools, most recently after causing a campus explosion, young John Humperdink Stover is given one last chance by his father to find maturity and discipline along with a proper education. On the way to a new academy, Stover promptly disrupts the trip of a fellow carriage passenger, Mr. Hopkins, by causing the horse to break into a gallop. He is unaware that Hopkins is the Latin teacher and house-master at his school.

Promptly given the nickname "Dink," he becomes acquainted with other students like "Tough" McCarty and "Tennessee" Shad and immediately begins getting into fights. The rivalry spills onto a football field and also includes elaborate pranks played on a girl, Connie Brown, during the summer break. On the verge of being kicked out of yet another school, Dink comes to his senses just in time, making his father proud at last.


2. Cast

  • Dean Stockwell as Dink Stover
  • Scotty Beckett as Tennessee Shad
  • Claudia Barrett as Dolly Travers
  • Leon Ames as Sam Stover
  • Leo G. Carroll as Mr. Hopkins
  • Elinor Donahue as Connie billed as Mary Eleanor Donahue
  • Darryl Hickman as Tough McCarty

Robert Wagner made his film debut in a small, uncredited role as Adams, the catcher for Cleve House.

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