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Isn't Life Terrible? (1925)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 5 July 1925 (USA)
Charley is plagued with failure and with his brother-in-law, who's allergic to labor. When he decides to take the family on a camping trip, his wife learns about a contest sponsored by a ... See full summary »

Director:

Leo McCarey (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charley Chase ... The Husband
Katherine Grant ... The Wife
Oliver Hardy ... Remington - the Brother-in-Law (as 'Babe' Hardy)
Lon Poff ... Mr. Jolly
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Charley is plagued with failure and with his brother-in-law, who's allergic to labor. When he decides to take the family on a camping trip, his wife learns about a contest sponsored by a pen company, with the first prize being an ocean trip. To win the prize Charley has to sell those pens - surprisingly he wins, but the ship turns out to be a wreck on it's last trip to the scrapyard. To make things worse they accidentally leave their young daughter on the dock and the ship sails without her. What else can go wrong on this trip? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Comedy | Short

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Crazy Credits

Except for Charley Chase, whose name appears above the title, there is no cast list. Actors are introduced by inter-title cards just before they appear on the screen. The IMDb cast list therefore uses this "order of appearance" sequence. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2005, Milestone Film & Video copyrighted a 22-minute version of this film, with a new piano music score composed and performed by 'David Drazin'. See more »

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All at Sea
3 May 2002 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A lesser but still funny Charley Chase short from his peak period. All not as tightly plotted as MIGHTY LIKE A MOOSE, it has its amusing moments as Charley and his family -- his wife, Katherine Grant, his useless brother-in-law, Oliver Hardy, and a child they picked up on the dock while losing their daughter take an ocean voyage in an ocean liner built of swiss cheese. That's a non-screaming Fay Wray as a housewife Charley tries to sell a squirting fountain pen to.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ist das Leben nicht schrecklich? See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2005 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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