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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min


Honey, it had a happy ending.

What happens at sad movies?

Oh, I cry happy, sad.

Britain crowns

Elizabeth in sight of her son, Charles,

who someday will be King.

Elizabeth, Queen of England!

What can he find to talk about

for an hour and a half?


What are you doing the rest of your life?

North and south

and east and west of your life?

I have only one request of your life

That you spend it all with me

All the seasons and the times of your days

All the nickels and the dimes of your days

Let the reasons and the rhymes of your days

All begin and end with me

I want to see your face in every kind of light

In fields of dawn and forests of the night

And when you stand before

the candles on a cake

Oh, let me be the one

To hear the silent wish you make

Those tomorrows waiting deep in your eyes

In the world of love you keep in your eyes

I'll awaken what's asleep in your eyes

It may take a kiss or two

Through all of my life

Summer, winter, spring and fall of my life

All I ever will recall of my life

Is all of my life with you

- ...every word.

- What did I say?

That you love me.

All this time, that's all you heard?

You love me.

Tell, my boy, what's your racket?


I'm a tax consultant.

I help clients keep some of their money.

Sounds crooked.

You think a lawyer

would do anything illegal?

You would, and have with me.

We're totally and gorgeously immoral.

Then why don't I feel guilty?

Because people in love are crazy.

Well, at least crazy people

can't be held responsible.

Well, for safety's sake,

we ought to be put in an institution...


Life imprisonment?

For what we...

Just for what we've been doing?

Oh, don't you want to live

happily ever after?

The morning

headlines as of January 22, 1969.

On his first

working day in the White House,

President Nixon said he would use a

small hideaway for brain work.

Plans were announced

for Prince Charles

to be invested as Prince of Wales.

Sixteen years ago, he watched his

mother crowned Queen of England.

Weather in downtown Denver, 37 degrees.

In a moment, your daily health program.


How do you feel?

Start my eggs for me, will you, darling?


I love you.

Come to where

the flavor is, famous Marlboro Red,

or new Marlboro 100's, "The Longhorns."

Come to Marlboro Country.

Good morning, ladies. 7:30,

and time for our trip to

God's Fountain of Youth.

You know, it's a beautiful day

because we're alive,

so let's count our blessings.

Ready to face the day?


Remember love is beauty.

Love is eternal.

Love is organic.

If your insides are right,

your outsides can't be wrong.

First thing we're gonna do,

is fill our lungs with clean, fresh air.

Now, lady, you can't do it

sitting in the chair smoking.

Now, fill up your lungs.

Inhale as much as you can.


Hold it, more, hold it, hold it, hold it,

hold it, hold it, hold it.

Let it out.

Fine. Now, let's go. 20 times.

All right, fill up those lungs. Inhale.

Hold it, hold it, hold it,

hold it, that's it, hold it. Let it out.

Once again. Inhale.

Hold it, hold it, hold it,

hold it, that's it, hold it.

Let it out.

I'll get it, Mom! feel better all ready, don't you?

Once again, inhale through the nose.


Hold it, hold it, hold it,

hold it, hold it, hold it, hold it. Let it out.

How'd you sleep last night?

Did you need a sleeping pill?

You all tensed up?

You headachy?

Old? Tired? Nervous?

One thing...

Really? Where? When?

I can't make it.

Not tonight.

Well, there's this party.

My parents' umpteenth

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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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