The Happy Ending

Synopsis: The triumphs and failures of middle age as seen through the eyes of runaway American housewife Mary Wilson (Jean Simmons), a woman who believes that ultimate reality exists above and beyond the routine procedures of conscious, uninspired, everyday life. She feels cheated by an older generation that taught her to settle for nothing less than storybook finales, people who are disillusioned and restless and don't know why, people for whom life holds no easy answers. Great supporting cast includes John Forsythe, Teresa Wright, Lloyd Bridges, Shirley Jones, Bobby Darin, Tina Louise, Dick Shawn, and Nanette Fabray.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Richard Brooks
Production: United Artists
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 nominations.
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117 min

wedding anniversary.

I don't know,

it's got to be at least their 16th, unless...

I don't think they had

the pill in those prehistoric days.

Morning, Daddy.

How's my girl?

Don't forget about tonight.

Mmm-hmm. I'm listening.


Anyway, I got to be here tonight,

'cause at last year's party...

Oh, brother...

You think you've got problems.

I can't talk about it.


It's pretty tough raising parents nowadays.

Listen, I got to go.

My ride's here.


Your horoscope says for you

to stay away from problems

during the a.m. and be happy in the evening.

Does it say how?

Don't those pills get you all hopped up?

Hopped up. Calmed down.

I'm late.

I've got Harry Bricker today.

Makes you slender, young,

satisfied and dreary-dull.

Hey! What about...

What about if we forget the party?

Why don't we sneak away,

find a sleazy motel,

act suspicious,

give false names and do it in sin?

It's not a sin if you're married.

If we didn't come to our own party,

everybody'd think there

was something wrong.

And there's nothing wrong, not anymore.

Tonight, we'll show them

why an anniversary is called "happy."

At midnight, we'll toast it with champagne.

One glass to a customer.

It's important for Marge, too, you know.

Oh, if you get to feeling,

you know,

call me.

And stay busy.

Have lunch out.

See a movie or your mother or something.

And think only beautiful thoughts.

Oh, Agnes.

- Morning, Mr. Wilson.

- Good morning.

That cake will be delivered about 5:00.

I want you to make the fruit punch.

What do you want it spiked with?


- With that crowd?

- Agnes.


Mrs. Wilson seems kind of edgy,

so if she gets depressed, phone me.

And if she leaves the house...


She's got a little something

stashed in the bedroom,

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Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks (May 18, 1912 – March 11, 1992) was an American screenwriter, film director, novelist and film producer. Nominated for eight Oscars in his career, he was best known for Blackboard Jungle (1955), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) Elmer Gantry (1960; for which he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), In Cold Blood (1967) and Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). more…

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