Life with FatherDirector: Michael Curtiz
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The longest-running non-musical play in Broadway history, Life With Father was faithfully filmed by Warner Bros. in 1947. William Powell is a tower of comic strength as Clarence Day, the benevolent despot of his 1880s New York City household. Irene Dunne co-stars as Day's wife Vinnie, who outwardly has no more common sense than a butterfly but who is the real head of the household. The anecdotal story, encompassing such details as the eldest Day son's (James Lydon) romance with pretty out-of-towner Mary (Elizabeth Taylor), is tied together by Vinnie's tireless efforts to get her headstrong husband baptized, else he'll never be able to enter the Kingdom of God. Each scene is a little gem of comedy and pathos, as the formidable Mr. Day tries to bring a stern businesslike attitude to everyday household activities, including explaining the facts of life to his impressionable son. Donald Ogden Stewart based his screenplay upon the play by Howard Lindsey (who played Mr. Day in the original production) and Russell Crouse; the play in turn was inspired by a series of articles written by Clarence Day Jr., shortly before his death in 1933. Due to a legal tangle with the Day estate, Life With Father was withdrawn from circulation after its first run; it re-emerged on the Public Domain market in 1975.
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|George J. Amy||Editor|
|Milo Anderson||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Leo F. Forbstein||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Ray Foster||Special Effects|
|Robert M. Haas||Production Designer|
|George James Hopkins||Set Decoration/Design|
|J. Peverell Marley||Cinematographer|
|William McGann||Special Effects|
|Max Steiner||Score Composer|
|Donald Ogden Stewart||Screenwriter|
2. Chapter 1 [24:58]
3. Chapter 2 [26:27]
4. Chapter 3 [27:21]
5. Chapter 4 [13:15]
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Avoid the Madacy Entertainment Group DVD which has terrible sound. Wait 'til it's done properly. trivia: Elizabeth Taylor was only 15 when this was filmed.
An enjoyable classic film. Unfortunately this DVD edition has very poor video quality--it looks like they copied off an old VHS. The Audio is the real problem. Possibly the most distorted audio track I've heard on a DVD, even for an old film. It's very hard to understand the words of the actors and the distortion, especially on the upper frequencies of the voice, is downright fatiguing. My kids really like this type of film but they couldn't get past the sound to enjoy this one.
Movie's fantastic, of course, but the recording quality is aweful. When I first purchased, I immediately took it back B&N because I thought something was wrong with it! Exchanged for another, but it's bad too. Distorted sound, pauses in the audio, horrible picture. Sound almost makes this DVD unwatchable. B&N needs to stop selling this DVD.
Rediculously terrible quality sound and picture, story is good, wait until it comes out on a better dvd
*Good wholesome family-centered entertainment. *Enjoyable tale of the relationships within a family. *Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.
"Life with Father" (1947) is a BEST movie! But bummer this DVD does not have closed captioning for the hard of hearing. Baby boomer film buffs ain't gettin' any younger, and the soundtrack on this DVD is old and crummy with impossible-to-hear dialog. C'mon, I'd pay a lotta money for an updated DVD version of this flick with closed captioning. Please!! Director Michael Curtiz is at the top of his game here, with this tale's late 19th Century New York City family portrayed charmingly and comedically. Brilliant casting with wonderful William Powell as the patriarch, Clarence Day, beautiful Irene Dunn as his loving wife, Vinnie (mother of their three young, red-headed sons), Elizabeth Taylor, Martin Milner, et al.... "Mother, what's falderal"? Perfect!!!
Having seen this movie every Father's day as a kid, I'm so very glad to be able to add this to my collection. William Powell is one of my favorite actors, and this is one fun(and funny)movie. TV Land watchers will be happy to see a young Martin Milner(Adam 12)as the 3rd Day son.
Indeed LIFE WITH FATHERHAS is definitely the bestfamily films! Having seen it on television and now in my video collection this is a film I highly recommend for those starting a video collection of old movies. William Powell is tops and he is great in his role as Father, strict, loving and dedicated! Irene Dunne is outstanding as a wonderful mother and an exzcellent wife. Elizabeth Taylor is marvellous and does a great job as Mary Skinner. The other cast memers do an excellent job. It's a great story of family life in 1880's New York City, about growing up, family values and dealing with the opposite sex. One scene I liked was Father's advise to Clarence Day Junior on how to deal with the opposite sex and he was right about being firm. I also liked the scenes with the family minister Dr. :;pyd and the person who played that role did a wonderful job. I liked the movie so much!