7.3/10
56
2 user 1 critic

What a Life (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 6 October 1939 (USA)
In the first Henry Aldrich film, Henry (Jackie Cooper) is falsely accused of making trouble at school. He must clear himself.

Director:

(as Jay Theodore Reed)

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Midnight (1939)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A chorus girl, stranded in Paris, is "set up" by a millionaire to break up his wife's affair with another man.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: Gladys Swarthout, Fred MacMurray, Jack Oakie
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The daughter of a penniless marquis teaches her multi-millionaire fiancé a lesson, after learning he has had 7 previous wives.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, Edward Everett Horton
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A dashing pilot and a vivacious reporter have romantic and dramatic adventures in Europe as World War II begins.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland, Dennis O'Keefe
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Stopped in Mexico by U.S. Immigration, Georges Iscovescu hopes to get into the country by marrying a citizen.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Charles Boyer, Olivia de Havilland, Paulette Goddard
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A brash American gramophone salesman tries to get Emperor Franz Joseph's endorsement in turn-of-the-century Austria.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Bing Crosby, Joan Fontaine, Roland Culver
Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

During World War 2, an undercover British soldier tries get word to the Allies that the Germans have tons of supplies buried in 5 excavations across Egypt.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Akim Tamiroff
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Dashing reporter Vincent Bullit has just returned from covering the Spanish Civil War. His boss, newspaper magnate Fullerton, has more plans to send him off to China. However, first ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Ludwig
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Melvyn Douglas, Jackie Cooper
Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Popular songwriter Oliver Courtney has been getting by for years using one ghost writer for his music and another for his lyrics. When both writers meet at an inn, they fall in love and ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Schertzinger
Stars: Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Basil Rathbone
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Constantly quarreling couple decide to try the jealousy angle when a naive young couple comes along.

Director: Joe May
Stars: Gloria Swanson, John Boles, Douglass Montgomery
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young man-about-Paris, cut off from his father's money, falls in with a picaresque gang of car thieves.

Directors: Alexander Esway, Billy Wilder
Stars: Danielle Darrieux, Pierre Mingand, Raymond Galle
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A crew of young military-school cadets are enjoying their first weekend in Paris. Frank Harrington, a girl-shy cadet, wins the lottery which "They" have organized, an Frank wins the right ... See full summary »

Director: Wilhelm Thiele
Stars: Lew Ayres, Pat Paterson, Peggy Fears
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Betty Field ...
Barbara Pearson
...
Mr. Nelson
Janice Logan ...
Miss Shea
Vaughan Glaser ...
J.C. Bradley
...
Ferguson
...
James Corner ...
George Bigelow
Dorothy Stickney ...
Miss Wheeler
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Miss Pike
Lucien Littlefield ...
Mr. Patterson
Sidney Miller ...
Pinkie Peters
Andrew Tombes ...
Professor Abernathy
George Guhl ...
Janitor
Arthur Aylesworth ...
MacGowan
Edit

Storyline

In the first Henry Aldrich film, Henry (Jackie Cooper) is falsely accused of making trouble at school. He must clear himself.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

henry aldrich | based on play | See All (2) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida Começa aos 14  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Connections

Followed by Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour (1943) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Pleasant High School series opener
7 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based on a successful play, this movie launched a somewhat bland series. What's really surprising is that the screenplay was written by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder who also wrote the script for "Ninotchka" and "Midnight" that same year. There isn't any of the typical Wilder/Brackett bite in the script, but they may have been saddled with constraints of the original. Aside from Jackie Cooper who was a real teen at the time, most of the other students were considerably older. The rest of the cast is competent, including Hedda Hopper as Henry's mother. John Howard provides a pleasant counterpoint to the stuffy teachers on Central High's staff. Henry's father, who is often referred to in the dialog, never appears.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Found complete Aldrich series eyesviolet
Discuss What a Life (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?