Isn’t Life Wonderful?
B&W : Nine reels / 8600 feet
Directed by D.W. Griffith
Cast: Carol Dempster [Inga], Neil Hamilton [Paul], Erville Anderson [the professor], Helen Lowell [the grandmother], Marcia Harris [the aunt], Frank Puglia [Theodor], Lupino Lane [Rudolph], Hans von Schlettow [leader of the laborers], Paul Rehkopf [laborer], Robert Scholz [laborer]; Walter Plimmer Jr. [the American], Count von Schacht
D.W. Griffith, Incorporated, production; distributed by United Artists Corporation. / Produced by D.W. Griffith. Scenario by D.W. Griffith, from the short story “Isn’t Life Wonderful?” in the book Defeat by Major Geoffrey Moss. Cinematography by Hendrik Sartov and Hal Sintzenich. Music score by Louis Silvers and Caesare Sudero. / © 1 February 1925 by United Artists Corporation [LP21265]. Premiered 4 December 1924 at the Town Hall in New York, New York. General New York opening, 5 December 1924 at the Rivoli Theatre in New York, New York. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / Exterior footage shot in Germany, with interiors shot at Griffith’s Mamaroneck, New York, studio. The production was partially financed by Adolph Zukor. [?] Balio-UA p. ? lists the release date as 23 November 1924. [?] FilmYearBook-1926 p. 43 ClasIm-257 p. C7 and Website-AFI list the release date as 1 December 1924.
Survival status: Print exists in the film holdings of Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [35mm positive].
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Listing updated: 24 September 2013.
References: Film credits, film viewing : Balio-UA p. ?; Barry-Griffith pp. 32, 74; Brownlow-Parade pp. 81, 83, 93; Cooper-Dark pp. 211, 238; Everson-American pp. 11, 98, 139, 143, 158, 184, 190-191, 192; Fell-History pp. 56, 71; FilmYearBook-1926 p. 43; Lee-Not p. 30; Limbacher-Feature p. 123; Sarris-Sternberg p. 10; Shipman-Cinema p. 82; Sinyard-Silent pp. 32, 67; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 105-107; Weinberg-Stroheim p. xiii : ClasIm-257 p. C7 : Website-AFI.
Home video: DVD.