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It's Great to Be Alive (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Sci-Fi | 8 July 1933 (USA)
An aviator who crash landed on an island in the South Pacific returns home to find that he is the last fertile man left on Earth after an epidemic of masculitus.

Director:

Alfred L. Werker

Writers:

John D. Swain (story), Paul Perez (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Raul Roulien ... Carlos Martin
Gloria Stuart ... Dorothy Wilton
Edna May Oliver ... Dr. Prodwell
Herbert Mundin ... Brooks
Joan Marsh ... Toots
Dorothy Burgess ... Al Moran
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Wilton
Edward Van Sloan ... Dr. Wilton
Robert Greig ... Perkins
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An aviator who crash landed on an island in the South Pacific returns home to find that he is the last fertile man left on Earth after an epidemic of masculitus.

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Let your imagination run wild and you'll get an idea of the gaiety, the spiciness, the tunes and the laughs you'll find in Fox Film's IT'S GREAT TO BE ALIVE See more »

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Comedy | Musical | Sci-Fi

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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'ultimo Adamo See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gloria Stuart later admitted to Gregory William Mank that co-star Raul Roulien was the "most unfavorite actor" that she had ever worked with: Raul "was addicted to garlic and red wine, and song. So I'm standing there, day in, day out, learning 'Tonight' with a singer who has a yen for garlic and red wine. It was just ghastly. Sorry, Raul!" See more »

Connections

Remake of The Last Man on Earth (1924) See more »

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Women
Words and Music by William Kernell
Performed by Raul Roulien and Herbert Mundin
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That's a Matter of Opinion
10 July 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

IT'S GREAT TO BE ALIVE if you're THE LAST MAN ON EARTH. In this sound remake of the 1924 comedy, Raul Roulien is engaged to Gloria Stuart, but his numerous ex-girlfriends won't take "No" for an answer, particularly Joan Marsh. When Herbert Mundin puts Roulien in the wrong bed room, Gloria calls off the wedding. Roulien stomps off to make a daring cross-Pacific flight. His plane goes down in the middle of nowhere as a plague emerges that kills all the men on Earth.

Some time later, Roulien is discovered, captured by gangsters -- the etymologically feminine ending applying -- but taken by scientist Edna May Oliver for an international congress to decide what to do.

Fox was trying to make a Chevalier-style comedy, but Roulien lacks the personality for it. In addition, there is no explanation of how Roulien is going to avoid being infected for the women-carried germ and dying. The comedy is competently executed by director Alfred Werker, as is the over-the-top choreography by Sammy Lee (think "Freedonia's Going to War"). There are some competent but unmemorable songs by William Kernell that make this a decent but unremarkable time-waster.


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