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Its a Great Life (1929 film)

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Director  Sam Wood
Music director  William Axt
Language  English
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Musical, Romance
Screenplay  Al Boasberg, Willard Mack
Country  United States
Its a Great Life (1929 film) movie poster
Release date  December 6, 1929 (1929-12-06)
Writer  Alfred Block (story), Al Boasberg (dialogue), Willard Mack (dialogue), Byron Morgan (story), Leonard Praskins (story)
Cast  Rosetta Duncan (Casey Hogan), Vivian Duncan (Babe Hogan), Lawrence Gray (Jimmy Dean), Benny Rubin (Benny Friedman), Jed Prouty (Mr. David Parker), Oscar Apfel (Bit Role)
Similar movies  Devil-May-Care, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

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It's a Great Life is a 1929 American comedy film directed by Sam Wood and written by Al Boasberg and Willard Mack. The film stars Rosetta Duncan, Vivian Duncan, Lawrence Gray, Jed Prouty and Benny Rubin. The film was released on December 6, 1929, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.



Babe (Vivian Duncan) and Casey (Rosetta Duncan) Hogan are sisters and work in the department store Mandelbaum & Weill in the music sheet department. Once a year there is a big department store show, in which employees act. Babe Hogan in love with the piano player of the music sheet department James Dean (Lawrence Gray) is the younger sister and her older sister Casey is looking very much after her. When the act of Jimmy and Babe doesn't seem to work out she improvises on the stage rescuing the situation, but also starting a new career for the three of them, as a producer was in the audience and liked them. Unfortunately Casey and Jimmy are antagonists in the trio, so one day they split, when Babe and Jimmy tell Casey they would get married. While Casey tries to get along as a Single Act in small Vaudeville stages, Babe and Jimmy have not a bit of success as the duo Dean and Hogan. Moreover Babe gets a bad cold ending in delirium, so that Jimmy finally puts away his pride and go and see Casey. Meanwhile old colleague David Parker (Jed Prouty) has come to ask Casey to marry him and go with him to Paris that night, as he is appointed Manager of the Paris branch of the store. Casey can't believe that somebody loves her and accepts, but Jimmy convinces her, that Babe is going to die if she doesn't see her sister. The marriage with Parker is off and the three are reunited dreaming to have a big successful show.


  • Rosetta Duncan as Casey Hogan
  • Vivian Duncan as Babe Hogan
  • Lawrence Gray as Jimmy Dean
  • Jed Prouty as Mr. David Parker
  • Benny Rubin as Benny Friedman
  • Clarence Burton as Policeman
  • George Davis as Store show stage hand
  • Oscar Apfel as Mr. Mandelbaum
  • George Periolat as Mr. Weill
  • Rolfe Sedan as Vaudeville violinist
  • Ann Dvorak as Dancer in "Hoosier Hop" number
  • References

    It's a Great Life (1929 film) Wikipedia
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