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This Is the Life (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 2 June 1944 (USA)
18-year-old Angela, reared in a New England town by her Aunt Betsy, receives an inheritance which she uses to go to New York, ostensibly for voice training, but she is pursuing Major Hilary... See full summary »


Felix E. Feist


Sinclair Lewis (play), Fay Wray (play) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald O'Connor ... Jimmy Plum
Susanna Foster ... Angela Rutherford
Peggy Ryan ... Sally McGuire
Louise Allbritton ... Harriet West Jarrett
Patric Knowles ... Maj. Hilary Jarret
Dorothy Peterson ... Aunt Betsy
Jonathan Hale ... Dr. Plum
Eddie Quillan ... Gus
Frank Jenks ... Eddie
Frank Puglia ... Music Teacher
Maurice Marsac ... Leon
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Tiggett
Ray Eberle Ray Eberle ... Orchestra Leader (as Ray Eberle and His Orchestra)
Ray Eberle's Orchestra Ray Eberle's Orchestra ... Ray Eberle Orchestra
Bobby Brooks Bobby Brooks ... Bobby Brooks


18-year-old Angela, reared in a New England town by her Aunt Betsy, receives an inheritance which she uses to go to New York, ostensibly for voice training, but she is pursuing Major Hilary Jarret, an Army surgeon with whom she has become infatuated. Her departure depresses her childhood friend Jimmy Plum. Dr. Plum devises an errand on which to send his love-sick son to New York, where Jimmy discovers Angela thinks she is Jarret's fiancée. Jimmy also renews acquaintances with a group of show people, including Sally McGuire, who attempts to console him. Jimmy meets Jarret's divorced wife, Harriet, famed photographer. Jimmy engineers a meeting of Jarret and Harriet with Angela present, which forms the beginning of an understanding that Jarret is not for her. Jimmy is inducted into the Army. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The film was offered to but rejected by Deanna Durbin before Foster was cast. See more »


Jimmy Plum: Anyway, everybody in town's talking about you two.
Angela Rutherford: They are? What do they say?
Jimmy Plum: Well, there's two schools of thought. Either you're robbing the grave or he's robbing the cradle.
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Written by Buddy Pepper, Inez James and Sidney Miller
Sung by Peggy Ryan and Donald O'Connor
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Cute musical comedy
31 January 2012 | by donwc1996See all my reviews

Enjoyable/cute musical comedy from Universal in 1944. It's the story of an 18 year old girl ( Susanna Foster) who gets a serious crush on an older Army officer ( Patric Knowles ) and the efforts that Donald O'Connor goes thru to keep them apart as he is in love with her. Susanna sings 3 songs--one being "A Song in my Heart". She has an operatic voice and I had to lower the sound whenever she hit a high note--which she often did! Peggy Ryan also sang some numbers. Her voice is a tad squeaky. She was nutty for O'Connor, but he had eyes only for Foster. Patric Knowles looked great and his scenes with Louise Albritton worked well--she being his former wife with whom he is still in love with.

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Release Date:

2 June 1944 (USA) See more »

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A Vida Começa aos Dezoito See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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