The Jean Simmons Blogathon – The Happy Ending (1969)

This is the second of two posts dedicated to The 90 Years of Jean Simmons Blogathon which will be taking place over at Wonderful World of Cinema and at Phyllis Loves Classic Movies.

Tnx Virginie and Laura for letting me take part!

“If there’s one thing a man won’t tolerate, it’s a crying mistress. He gets that at home” – Flo

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Jan 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A woman in a unhappy marriage for 16 years tries to find the secret  to a happy marriage and existence.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew absolutely nothing about when I chose to watch t for this blogathon.

Jean Simmons definitely stands out in this role and she is able to do a great job showing the complexities of the life of a woman during the 60’s who wants more out of life and uses the idea that she wants to have a life like she sees in the movies where everyone is supposedly happy and find what they need by the end of the story.

They don’t sugarcoat the situations or scenarios presented and keep things on a very realistic level the whole way through especially when trying to find a solution.

Besides Simmons, the rest of the cast s also great and John Forsythe, Lloyd Bridges and Teresa Wright are all superb here.

The standout among the supporting cast is Shirley Jones who plays a fabulous role that is completely different from the kind of wholesome roles that we are familiar seeing her in.

Bottom Line – Simmons really stands out in this film and does a wonderful job showing the complexities of a woman living during the 60’s that is seeking a way to have a happy life like she is used to seeing in the movies. The story does a nice job showing the reality of the situation during that time and doesn’t sugarcoat anything when trying to find a solution to these kind of scenarios. The rest of the cast is also great and Jones stands out because the role is quite different from the kind of roles we are familiar seeing her in. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Teresa Wright was just 11 years older than Jean Simmons, who was playing her daughter. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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5 thoughts on “The Jean Simmons Blogathon – The Happy Ending (1969)

  1. Great review Rob! As I said to Andrew at The Stop Button, I still have to see this one. It’s interesting to read that they tempted to make that as realistic as possible, it seems to make an interesting contrast with Jean’s character dreamy vision of life.
    Thanks again for taking part in our blogathon!

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  4. So far I’ve only seen Jones in one film. As much as I love Simmons this doesn’t really sound like my kind of movie. Wright also played Simmons’ mother in The Actress! Thanks for your contributions to the blogathon!


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