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5 July 1925 (USA) See more »
Charley is plagued with failure and with his brother-in-law, who's allergic to labor. When he decides to take the family on a camping trip... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Charley Chase ... The Husband
Katherine Grant ... The Wife

Oliver Hardy ... Remington - the Brother-in-Law (as 'Babe' Hardy)
Lon Poff ... Mr. Jolly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sammy Brooks ... (uncredited)
Kathleen Collins ... (uncredited)
William Gillespie ... Latin American Official (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Steward Who Drops Plates (uncredited)
Nancy McKee ... The Daughter (uncredited)
Jules Mendel ... (uncredited)
Dorothy Morrison ... Little Black Girl (uncredited)
George Rowe ... (uncredited)
Charles Stevenson ... Medical Officer (uncredited)
Leo Willis ... The Salesman (uncredited)

Fay Wray ... Potential Pen-Buyer (uncredited)

Directed by
Leo McCarey (uncredited)
Produced by
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
David Drazin (musical score composed by) (2005 alternate version)
Cinematography by
Fred Jackman (uncredited)
Len Powers (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lewis R. Foster .... assistant director (uncredited)
Music Department
David Drazin .... musical score performer (2005 alternate version)
Other crew
Hal Roach .... presenter
F. Richard Jones .... supervising director (uncredited)
Fay Wray .... in memoriam (2005 alternate version)
Crew believed to be complete

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22 min (2005 alternate version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:0 | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)


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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Chase and Hardy, 30 September 2009
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Isn't Life Terrible? (1925)

*** (out of 4)

Semi-spoof of D.W. Griffith's ISN'T LIFE WONDERFUL basically just pokes fun at the title but we have Charley Chase playing the lovely husband who wins a cruise with his wife (Katherine Grant), child and the lazy brother-in-law (Oliver Hardy) but of course nothing goes as planned. This isn't Chase's best film but there are still enough laughs to get you to overlook a rather bizarre and long running joke. The second half of the film takes place on the ship and at the start of this is when the Chase family lose their own daughter and end up with a small black child. You'd think this would lead to the obvious jokes and it does but at the same time the rest of the film plays it straight as the family isn't worried about the missing child and just treat the new kid as their own. It's a little uneasy watching this entire "joke" but perhaps those in 1925 got a bigger kick out of it. A lot of the writing is rather lazy with the obvious jokes always being taken but there are still some funny moments. A lot of this has to do with Charley and his reaction to the lazy Hardy who always "has a spell" whenever it's time to do some work. The two men work well together and that alone makes this worth watching.

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