It's a Great Life (1929 film)

It's a Great Life

Tie-in sheet music
Directed by Sam Wood
Screenplay by Al Boasberg
Willard Mack
Story by Alfred Block
Byron Morgan
Leonard Praskins
Starring Rosetta Duncan
Vivian Duncan
Lawrence Gray
Jed Prouty
Benny Rubin
Music by William Axt
Cinematography J. Peverell Marley
Edited by Frank Sullivan
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • December 6, 1929 (1929-12-06)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

It's a Great Life is a 1929 American comedy film directed by Sam Wood and written by Al Boasberg and Willard Mack. The film stars Rosetta Duncan, Vivian Duncan, Lawrence Gray, Jed Prouty and Benny Rubin. The film was released on December 6, 1929, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[1][2]


Babe (Vivian Duncan) and Casey (Rosetta Duncan) Hogan are sisters and work in the department store Mandelbaum & Weill in the music sheet department. Once a year there is a big department store show, in which employees act. Babe Hogan in love with the piano player of the music sheet department James Dean (Lawrence Gray) is the younger sister and her older sister Casey is looking very much after her. When the act of Jimmy and Babe doesn't seem to work out she improvises on the stage rescuing the situation, but also starting a new career for the three of them, as a producer was in the audience and liked them. Unfortunately Casey and Jimmy are antagonists in the trio, so one day they split, when Babe and Jimmy tell Casey they would get married. While Casey tries to get along as a Single Act in small Vaudeville stages, Babe and Jimmy have not a bit of success as the duo Dean and Hogan. Moreover Babe gets a bad cold ending in delirium, so that Jimmy finally puts away his pride and go and see Casey. Meanwhile old colleague David Parker (Jed Prouty) has come to ask Casey to marry him and go with him to Paris that night, as he is appointed Manager of the Paris branch of the store. Casey can't believe that somebody loves her and accepts, but Jimmy convinces her, that Babe is going to die if she doesn't see her sister. The marriage with Parker is off and the three are reunited dreaming to have a big successful show.



  1. "It's a Great Life (1929) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  2. "It's a Great Life". AFI. Retrieved 10 November 2014.

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