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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.

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(as Jay Theodore Reed)

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Barbara Pearson
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Mr. Nelson
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Miss Shea
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J.C. Bradley
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Ferguson
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James Corner ...
George Bigelow
Dorothy Stickney ...
Miss Wheeler
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Miss Pike
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Mr. Patterson
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Pinkie Peters
Andrew Tombes ...
Professor Abernathy
George Guhl ...
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In the first Henry Aldrich film, Henry (Jackie Cooper) is falsely accused of making trouble at school. He must clear himself.

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

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Comedy | Drama

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A Vida Começa aos 14  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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What A Life opened at the Biltmore Theater on April 13, 1938 and ran for 538 performances. See more »

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Followed by Henry Aldrich Haunts a House (1943) See more »

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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.


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