It's a Great Life

Overview

The vaudeville and Broadway "sister act" of Vivien and Rosetta Duncan, best known for their characterizations of Eva and Topsy in Uncle Tom's Cabin, star in the creaky backstage musical melodrama It's a Great Life. The ladies are cast as travelling entertainers Babe and Casey Hogan, who work their way up the ladder from the small time to the Palace. The act breaks up when swell-headed Jimmy Dean Lawrence Gray marries Babe, but Casey rushes back to her sister's side when the latter is stricken by a serious ...
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Overview

The vaudeville and Broadway "sister act" of Vivien and Rosetta Duncan, best known for their characterizations of Eva and Topsy in Uncle Tom's Cabin, star in the creaky backstage musical melodrama It's a Great Life. The ladies are cast as travelling entertainers Babe and Casey Hogan, who work their way up the ladder from the small time to the Palace. The act breaks up when swell-headed Jimmy Dean Lawrence Gray marries Babe, but Casey rushes back to her sister's side when the latter is stricken by a serious illness. As she coaxes Babe back to health, Casey describes the "big act" she plans to stage, whereupon the film segues into an elaborate Technicolor sequence which has about as much to do with the rest of the film as the invasion of the Huns. Children of the theatre, Vivien and Rosetta Duncan were unable to scale down their performances for the more intimate demands of the camera, which is why they lost the lead roles in Broadway Melody 1929 to Bessie Love and Anita Page. But having signed the Duncans to a one-picture contract, MGM had to put them in something -- hence the existence of It's a Great Life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/1/2009
  • UPC: 883316224847
  • Original Release: 1930
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,700

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vivian Duncan Babe Hogan
Lawrence Gray [act] Jimmy Dean
Jed Prouty Mr. David Parker
Benny Rubin Benny Friedman
Technical Credits
Sam Wood Director, Producer
Al Boasberg Screenwriter
David Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Dave Dreyer Score Composer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Ballard MacDonald Score Composer
Willard Mack Screenwriter
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Byron Morgan Original Story
Frank Sullivan Editor
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