What a Life (film)

What a Life is a 1939 American comedy film directed by Theodore Reed and starring Jackie Cooper, Betty Field, John Howard, Janice Logan, Vaughan Glaser, Lionel Stander, and Hedda Hopper. Written by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, the film was released on October 6, 1939, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

What a Life
What a Life poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTheodore Reed
Screenplay byCharles Brackett
Billy Wilder
Clifford Goldsmith (play)
Produced byTheodore Reed
StarringJackie Cooper
Betty Field
John Howard
Janice Logan
Vaughan Glaser
Lionel Stander
Hedda Hopper
CinematographyVictor Milner
Edited byWilliam Shea
Music byJohn Leipold
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 6, 1939 (1939-10-06)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

This is the first in a series of eleven Henry Aldrich films (1939-1944) based on the leading character from the radio series The Aldrich Family


Henry (Jackie Cooper) is falsely accused of making trouble at school. He must clear himself.



  1. ^ "What a Life (1939) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  2. ^ "What a Life". Afi.com. Retrieved 2015-03-13.

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