The main interest lies in seeing how an all-female society is set up... The attire tends to be more practical in the post-male world, at least for the women who are stepping in as cops raiding a speakeasy (apparently even an epidemic couldn’t repeal the Volstead Act) and as street-cleaners and the like. Dorothy Burgess plays a gangster named Al Moran without a hint of mugging. The speakeasy itself looks, no doubt deliberately, exactly like old photographs of lesbian bars.
Slow to start, “It’s Great to Be Alive” profits from the presence of the acerbic character actress Edna May Oliver, in a role that requires her to be variously the world’s greatest scientist (at one point introducing a short-lived “synthetic man”) and the diplomat presiding over a world congress to decide Carlos’s fate.