You Gotta Stay Happy

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You Gotta Stay Happy
File:You Gotta Stay Happy poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by H.C. Potter
Produced by Karl Tunberg
Written by Karl Tunberg
Robert Carson (story)
Starring Joan Fontaine
James Stewart
Cinematography Russell Metty
Distributed by Universal-International
Release dates
  • November 4, 1948 (1948-11-04) (US)[1]
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,673,000[2]

You Gotta Stay Happy is a 1948 Universal-International romantic-comedy starring James Stewart, Joan Fontaine and Eddie Albert,[3] and directed by H. C. Potter.


Marvin Payne (Stewart) is a World War II army air force veteran trying to make it on a shoe-string with a startup air-freight business. On an overnight stay in New York he has the misfortune of being roomed next to the reluctant bride Dee Dee Dillwood (Fontaine) and her rather formal husband Henry Benson. A ruckus causes Payne to become enmeshed in the world of Miss Dillwood. Hiding from her husband, Payne assumes the rather vague Miss Dillwood is a penniless country girl come to the city, who has descended to sleeping with married men to get by. He grudgingly agrees to give her a lift out of town and encourages her to go back to her parents. All the while Payne does not realize that Miss Dillwood is independently wealthy, and the married man she was to sleep with was the man she had just exchanged vows with that afternoon. Meanwhile, Payne's fellow veteran and co-pilot, Bullets Baker (Albert) encourages Payne to relax and enjoy life. His encouragements to join him and a couple of young ladies for a few laughs fall on deaf ears. It is with great surprise than that Baker finds a girl in the straight-laced Payne's room the following morning. A rough and tumble flight across country result in a number of surprises, not the least of which is that Marvin discovers he cares for the tag-along Miss Dillwood.



  1. "You Gotta Stay Happy: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 20, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Furmanek, Bob; Palumbo, Ron (1991). Abbott and Costello in Hollywood. New York: Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-51605-0 p 178
  3. T. M. P. (November 5, 1948). "NY Times review". New York Times. Retrieved March 22, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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