6.4/10
24
2 user

The Habit of Happiness (1916)

Sunny Wiggins is convinced that laughter can cure any ailment. He tries his thesis out on a dyspeptic millionaire, to great success. He turns his attention to easing the plight of the ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An outlaw calling himself Passin' Through halts his "evil" ways long enough to help out some children in difficulty.

Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Sam De Grasse, Pomeroy Cannon
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young man can only get the woman he loves if he becomes famous and manages to get his picture in the newspapers. He determines to let nothing stand in the way of his doing exactly that, ... See full summary »

Director: John Emerson
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Clarence Handyside, Rene Boucicault
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Banker Florian Amidon, a somewhat shy and timid young man, is assaulted, robbed and knocked out while on vacation. When he wakes up he discovers that he's in the booming oil town of ... See full summary »

Director: Christy Cabanne
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Margery Wilson, Richard Cummings
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In the midst of an emotional depression, a man hires a murderer to kill him. But the despair soon passes, and the man must now escape the killer he's hired to end his life.

Director: Christy Cabanne
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Jewel Carmen, Howard Gaye
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An outcast named Lo Dorman encounters a young woman lost in the woods. He defends her from danger in the forest and from Sheriff Dunn.

Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Alma Rubens, Sam De Grasse
The Lamb (1915)
Adventure | Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Gerald, the somewhat frail son of a wealthy New York family, is bested at the beach by Bill, a strapping young cowboy from Arizona. His fiancée Mary, ashamed of Gerald's "yellow streak", ... See full summary »

Director: Christy Cabanne
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Seena Owen, William Lowery
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Steve O'Dare, a young New Yorker who has gone off to Nevada to be a cowboy, returns to New York to sell some horses. He bores his friends with tales of the exciting Western life, so they ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Jewel Carmen, George Beranger
Short | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young couple attempts to elope, with the bride's irate father in hot pursuit. The train stops briefly and the young man dashes off to find a minister, but before he can get himself and ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Powell
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Constance Talmadge, Wilbur Higby
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Sunny Wiggins
... Jonathan Pepper
Macey Harlam ... Foster (as Macey Harlan)
... Elsie Pepper
George Backus ... Mr. Wiggins
Grace Rankin ... Clarice Wiggins
... Jones
Edit

Storyline

Sunny Wiggins is convinced that laughter can cure any ailment. He tries his thesis out on a dyspeptic millionaire, to great success. He turns his attention to easing the plight of the down-and-out on skid row. In due course, he and the millionaire's daughter become entangled with a gang of ruffians, and Sunny must use more than laughter to save the day. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 March 1916 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Laugh and the World Laughs  »

Filming Locations:


Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$37,800 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the "Skid Row" scene, director Allan Dwan used real indigents who did not respond correctly to Douglas Fairbanks' attempts to make them laugh. Fairbanks thus told extremely off-color stories, which finally got the desired response. When the film was initially released, complaints from lip-readers caused new shots of Fairbanks to be made to replace the profane close-ups. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Don't worry, be happy!
26 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

Sunny Wiggins is (as his name suggests) a really SUNNY character: all his family are deadly earnest high society snobs - while he dedicates his life, and his money, to making poor people happy: he collects them from the streets and the breadlines and at his home, he gives them 'lessons in laughing'! But, while the tramps really appreciate his efforts, his father considers them a sheer waste of money and time, and, in order to 'wake up' his son to reality, he sends him to live with those 'bums' for a while... Which he does - until he's assigned the job to cheer up old businessman Pepper, who's even more gloomy and grumpy than his own dad; but who's got a lovely young daughter...!

Here we can witness Doug Fairbanks FULLY in his element: optimism, laughter, romance, hope, and humanity! And the movie isn't just a 'plain' movie with actors acting their part: Doug ACTUALLY took those poor, desperate, sad men from shelters for the homeless and from breadlines, and it took him QUITE some effort to REALLY cheer them up - but he finally managed, in reality as well as in the film! He'd show his concern for his fellow men's psychology many times, not only in the equally wonderful "Down to Earth" a year later, but also with a whole series of self-help books, beginning with "Laugh and Live" in 1917, where he always tried to convince the readers in the most wonderful and sincere way that OPTIMISM is the road to happiness - just like he did in this movie, which even (or maybe especially) today can teach us a GOOD lesson on how to learn to LAUGH AND LIVE!


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed