This Is th' Life

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This Is th' Life
Directed by Henry Otto
Written by Theodosia Harris (story)
Starring Charlotte Burton
George Field
Ed Coxen
Edith Borella
John Steppling
Distributed by Mutual Film
Release date
  • August 24, 1914 (1914-08-24)
CountryUnited States
Languages Silent
English intertitles

This Is th' Life is a 1914 American silent short film directed by Henry Otto starring Charlotte Burton, George Field, Ed Coxen, Edith Borella, and John Steppling. [1] [2]


The two-reel film previously was titled Converting Dad before being renamed to This Is th' Life before its August 24, 1914, release. [3]


Motography published a positive review of the film, "Charlotte Burton, in the leading feminine role, that of a country girl, is delightfully natural in her acting, while Ed Coxen take the male lead in equally charming manner. George Fields completely loses his personality in the role of a hard-headed old farmer, who considers all modern improvements a waste of time, and the character portrayal further proves this actor's versatility. A number of the "Flying A" favorites appear in the supporting roles, all doing good work in their respective parts." [4]

The trade publication Electrical Merchandise and Selling Electricity said the film was a good advertisement for electricity, writing, "There is a real story in the pictures, in which electric pumping for irrigation, electric utensils for reducing drudgery, electric therapeutics for alleviating suffering and electric table-ware are successfully shown. A real plot is developed in which a full cast of characters, including villain and comedian, play their allotted parts. The climax being a wedding-breakfast for two at which the heroine offers the hero four electrically soft-boiled eggs. Verily, this is th' life." [5]

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  1. "This Is Th' Life". The Moving Picture World . 1914-08-22. p.  1144 . Retrieved 2023-04-16 via Internet Archive.
  2. ""This Is Th' Life"". Reel Life. Vol. 4, no. 2. Mutual Film. 1914-08-15. p.  16 . Retrieved 2023-04-16 via Internet Archive.
  3. ""Flying A" Sidelights". Billboard . Vol. 26, no. 33. 1914-08-15. Retrieved 2023-04-16 via Internet Archive.
  4. "Electricity Vital to Development. Interesting "Flying A" Subject". Motography . Vol. 12, no. 8. 1914-08-22. pp.  263264 . Retrieved 2023-04-16 via Internet Archive.
  5. ""This Is Th' Life"". Electrical Merchandise and Selling Electricity. Vol. 13, no. 11. November 1914. Retrieved 2023-04-16 via Internet Archive.