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You Can't Take It with You (1938)

A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.

Director:

Frank Capra

Writers:

Robert Riskin (screen play), George S. Kaufman (based upon the play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Arthur ... Alice Sycamore
Lionel Barrymore ... Martin Vanderhof
James Stewart ... Tony Kirby
Edward Arnold ... Anthony P. Kirby
Mischa Auer ... Kolenkhov
Ann Miller ... Essie Carmichael
Spring Byington ... Penny Sycamore
Samuel S. Hinds ... Paul Sycamore
Donald Meek ... Poppins
H.B. Warner ... Ramsey
Halliwell Hobbes ... DePinna
Dub Taylor ... Ed Carmichael
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Anthony Kirby
Lillian Yarbo ... Rheba
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Donald (as Eddie Anderson)
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Storyline

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 Tony 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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Only the Magic of Frank Capra...could transform this beautiful play into the finest picture of all time! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

29 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vive como quieras See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,644,736 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,659,913

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,544,247
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lionel Barrymore plays Jean Arthur's grandfather in the film. In reality, he was only 22 years her senior. See more »

Goofs

When AP greets Tony on entering the office, the position of AP's arm with his hat changes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Doorman: [opening the car door for Kirby] Good morning, Mr. Kirby.
Anthony P. Kirby: Good morning.
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Connections

Referenced in Dough Ray Me-ow (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Once Again
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
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Hilarious and entertaining Capra classic
22 May 2000 | by dave fitzSee all my reviews

You Can't Take it With You is a very funny and entertaining film. Bringing Up Baby is probably the only film that has ever made me laugh as hard as this one. James Stewart and Jean Arthur are magical together, just as they were in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. This is yet another great film by Frank Capra and was rewarded with an Oscar for Best Picture in 1938.

Stewart comes from a rich and completely uptight family. Miss Arthur is the only relatively sane member of a very wild family. Lionel Barrymore is wonderful as the grandfather here. He is so warm and funny in this movie, it's hard to believe he's the same man who played the evil Mr. Potter in It's A Wonderful Life. Edward Arnold who was known for playing slimy villians, is great as Stewart's very wealthy and totally stuck-up father.


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