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You Can't Take It with You (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 September 1938 (USA)
A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.

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The stenographer Alice Sycamore is in love with her boss Tony Kirby, who is the vice-president of the powerful company owned by his greedy father Anthony P. Kirby. Kirby Sr. is dealing a monopoly in the trade of weapons, and needs to buy one last house in a twelve block area owned by Alice's grandparent Martin Vanderhof. However, Martin is the patriarch of an anarchic and eccentric family where the members do not care for money but for having fun and making friends. When Tony proposes Alice, she states that it would be mandatory to introduce her simple and lunatic family to the snobbish Kirbys, and Tone decides to visit Alice with his parents one day before the scheduled. There is an inevitable clash of classes and lifestyles, the Kirbys spurn the Sycamores and Alice breaks with Tony, changing the lives of the Kirby family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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29 September 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vive como quieras  »

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$1,644,736 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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In the French-dubbed version made in 1938, the names of some of the characters were changed: "Anthony P. Kirby" (played by Edward Arnold) became "Alexandre P. Kirby"; "Essie Carmichael" (played by Ann Miller) was rechristened "Sylvie Carmichael". Similarly "Penny Sycamore" (played by Spring Byington) became "Jenny Sycomore"; "Ed Carmichael" (portrayed by Dub Taylor) became "Ned Carmichael" and finally Lillian Yarbo's character named "Rheba" in the original version was renamed "Rebeccah". See more »

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Quotes

Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: Now, Mr. Vanderhoff, that's a very serious thing, not filing an income tax return.
Wilbur G. Henderson, IRS Agent: Now, suppose I do pay you this money; mind you, I don't say that I'm going to, but, just for the sake of argument; what's the government going to do with it?
Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: What do you mean?
Wilbur G. Henderson, IRS Agent: Well, what do I get for my money? For instance, if I go into a department store and buy something, why, there it is! I can see it. Well, what are they gonna give me?
Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: Why the government gives you everything! It protects you!
Wilbur G. Henderson, IRS Agent: From what?
Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: Well,...
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Soundtracks

Polly Wolly Doodle
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Traditional
Music Arranged by George Parrish and Ben Oakland
Sung and danced by many in jail
Reprised by all at the end
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Three Cheers To The Vanderhof Family,Three Cheers To Lionel Barrymore.
3 July 2003 | by (Rio De Janeiro,Brazil) – See all my reviews

My favorite american director is Frank Capra."It Happened One Night" is his first great film."Mr.Deeds Goes To Town","Mr.Smith Goes To Washington" and "Meet John Doe" are perfect examples of how to make a great film about simple,ordinary man."It's A Wonderful Life" is everybody's favorite holiday film.But "You Can't Take It With You" is Capra's masterpiece.The story is perfect,The direction is brilliant and it's impossible you don't get tears in your eyes with the sweetness and shear simplicity of Martin Vanderhof.That leads us to the best thing in this classic:Lionel Barrymore,one of the greatests actors in film history.All you have to do is see this film and "It's a Wonderful Life" and see for yourselfs.Mr.Potter is cruel,heartless,despicable and absolute fascinating(I still can't believe it ranked only 6 in the AFI list,because for me he's the greatest villain in film history)All Mr.Potter lack,Martin Vanderhof has to share.He is absolutely adorable,he has a lot of friends.(The scene in the court room is magnificent)he is sweet,and equally fascinating.(Not to mention that Lionel is really gorgeous in this film)One must remember the shining presence of Jean Arthur,and equally portrayal of good and young Jimmy Stewart.Not to forget Edward Arnold and his greedy Anthony P. Kirby,who tries at all costs to buy Grandpa's house.But Lionel teaches him in a marvelous harmonica duet,how to enjoy life.The Plot is simply and delightul.Jean is Lionel's granddaughter,and she loves Jimmy Stewart,who is the son of the blood sucking banker Arnold.Jean decided that the two family's shall met,But Stewart's family will have a shock when they meet the wonderful and very eccentric Vanderhof family with Lionel,the grandfather anyone would love to have,Spring Byington as the writing mother(Only because someone forgot a typing writer in her house)Ann Miller as the adorable dancing sister,Essie,and a very funny Mischa Auer as the russian dancing teacher,who always arrives just in time for dinner.Pay also attencion in a small but memorable perfomance of the forgotten silent actor H.B.Warner as the broken Mr.Ramsey.I believe I already say to much,but not all this site will be enough to say what this masterpiece and Martin Vanderhof means to me

My Rate:1000 Out Of 10


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