Isn't Life Wonderful

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Isn't Life Wonderful?
Directed by D.W. Griffith
Produced by D.W. Griffith
Written by D.W. Griffith
Geoffrey Moss (novel)
Starring Carol Dempster
Neil Hamilton
Music by Louis Silvers
Cesare Sodero
Cinematography Hendrik Sartov (fr)
Harold S. Sintzenich
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • November 23, 1924 (1924-11-23)
Running time
120 minutes
Country United States

Isn't Life Wonderful? (1924) is a silent film directed by D. W. Griffith for his company D. W. Griffith Productions, and distributed by United Artists. It was based on the novel by Geoffrey Moss and it went under the alternative title Dawn.


A family from Poland has been left homeless in the wake of World War I. They move to Germany and struggle to survive the conditions there, during the Great Inflation. Inga (Carol Dempster) is a Polish war orphan who has only accumulated a small amount of money from the rubble and hopes to marry Paul (Neil Hamilton). Weakened by poison gas, Paul begins to invest in Inga's future and he serves as their symbol of optimism.




Most of the scenes were filmed in Germany and Austria. Only one was filmed in New York at the studio. The film stars Carol Dempster and Neil Hamilton. The film was a failure at the box office, and led to Griffith leaving United Artists shortly after its run in theaters.[1]


Critical reception[edit]

The film did receive some positive critical notices at the time, but its stock has risen considerably since; it has for some decades been considered one of Griffith's greatest films.[2]


The title of the film was spoofed in the Charley Chase comedy Isn't Life Terrible (1925).


  1. ^ D. W. Griffith (1875-1948)
  2. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes". Richard Brody. April 6, 2015. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 

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