Cinema: New Picture, Nov. 16, 1959

Happy Anniversary (Fields Productions; United Artists) is a vulgar, slick, hilarious film version of Anniversary Waltz (TIME, April 19, 1954), a common mattress farce, put together by Jerome Chodorov and Joseph Fields, that packed the Broadway tourists in for more than 17 months. The plot is just a house of comic greeting cards, but Chodorov and Fields, who also wrote the script, have stacked them up with impressive skill. David Niven and Mitzi Gaynor, it develops, are a big-city couple in the five-figure set who are celebrating their 13th anniversary. All goes well until Husband Niven gives his in-laws the likkered-up...

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