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Life with Henry (1940)

Henry Aldrich wants to win a trip to Alaska.



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Kay Stewart ...
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Young Henry Aldrich would like to "win" a trip to Alaska. But in order to participate, he first has to put up $100. The whole matter sounds awfully fishy. Henry and his pal Dizzy go into the soap business. Their attempt to raise money turns into a disaster when they get the soap formula wrong. But the Alaska trip is really on the level. It's been organized by Sylvanus Q. Sattherwaite, businessman and philanthropist. But Henry still doesn't have the money... Written by David Steele

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OH! HENRY! He's in a gem of a jam with filmdom's funniest and favorite family!







Release Date:

24 January 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Henry Está na Berlinda  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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. Its initial television presentation took place in Chicago Saturday 21 February 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2). See more »


Followed by Henry Aldrich's Little Secret (1944) See more »

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I have watched this a number of times, with the same result..
7 June 2001 | by (Pasadena, CA) – See all my reviews

This is by far one of the stupidest, most ridiculous renditions of "Henry Aldrich." I have watched it quite a few times, trying to find something redeeming about it, but to no avail.

Henry could go on a trip with some other boys to Alaska, if he earned $100. Henry decides to market soap with Basil, his best buddy. It was a venture they messed up, and turned the town against them. Needless to say, Henry goes to the big city, to explain to the philanthropist backing the trip, why he wants to go to Alaska, and turn in the money (he did not get the full $100).

Cooper was a horrible actor in here, as was Bracken. They were unbelievable, and plain stupid. While Cooper was fun in Our Gang, he lacks comedic talent in here. Bracken's best moment, but then it got tedious was after dinner, when he started doing impressions, and it went on, and on, and on, and on. Very boring. This was a terrible casting of young people - perhaps the actors reversed could have been better, but this was one of the worst movies I have seen from the 1940's.

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