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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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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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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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MacGowan
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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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6 October 1939 (USA)  »

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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 Life with Henry (1940) See more »

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What a Life was the first film version of Henry Aldrich, played here by Jackie Cooper
17 January 2015 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

If you've read under my username for the past several months, you know I've been reviewing most of the Our Gang film entries in chronological order as well as separate features and shorts that have individual members in them the same way in between those entries. So it is that I'm now reviewing former member Jackie Cooper-a teen by this point-playing someone close to his age as a high school student named Henry Aldrich. He's an average student who gets pranked on by sports-lettered guy George Bigelow (James Corner) and crushed on by a fellow student named Barbara Pearson (Betty Field) who's initially shy with braces before getting a transformation. Adapted from Clifford Goldsmith's play by Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder (yes, you read that right), What a Life is both funny and quite touching if a little exaggerated in some of the situations. So on that note, that's a recommendation. P.S. One of the teen girls was played by a Janet Waldo, perhaps best known as the voice of eternal teen Judy Jetson on "The Jetsons".


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