You Can't Take It with You
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You Can't Take It with You

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Director: Frank Capra

Cast: Frank Capra, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart

     
 

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Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's whimsical Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play You Can't Take It With You was transformed into a paean to populism by director Frank Capra and screenwriter Robert Riskin. This is the story of the zany Sycamore household, presided over by Grandpa Vanderhof (Lionel Barrymore), a former businessman who has turned his back onSee more details below

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Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's whimsical Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play You Can't Take It With You was transformed into a paean to populism by director Frank Capra and screenwriter Robert Riskin. This is the story of the zany Sycamore household, presided over by Grandpa Vanderhof (Lionel Barrymore), a former businessman who has turned his back on commerce to enjoy life. At the Sycamores', everyone does just what he or she pleases. Penny Sycamore (Spring Byington), Grandpa's daughter, has become a novelist because someone delivered a typewriter to her home by mistake. Penny's husband makes firecrackers in his basement with the help of Mr. DePinna (Halliwell Hobbes), an iceman who showed up at the Sycamore doorstep one day and never left. Their daughter, Essie (Ann Miller), imagines that she's a prima ballerina, even though her dour teacher, Boris (Mischa Auer), assesses her work with, "Confidentially, it steenks!" Essie's husband, Ed (Dub Taylor), who'd rather play a xylophone than work, spends his free time selling Essie's candy, wrapping each package in paper from a used printing press that dispenses anarchistic slogans. The one normal member of the household is Alice Sycamore (Jean Arthur), in love with wealthy Tony Kirby (James Stewart). Naturally, when the stuffy, aristocratic Kirbys come to the Sycamores' for dinner, the event is a disaster, capped with the arrest of everyone in the household. Hart and Kaufman's third act found the previously judgmental Kirby softening his attitude toward the freewheeling Sycamore clan, admitting that he's never had so much fun in his life. Screenwriter Riskin altered the focus of the play by throwing out the third act and concentrating upon Tony Kirby's father, Kirby Sr., who as played by Edward Arnold is transformed from a stock stuffed shirt into a ruthless, grasping tycoon, eager to buy up every house on the Sycamores' block to make room for a munitions plant. The film thus became the story of Kirby's regeneration at the hands of the carefree Sycamores. Enough of the play's screwball elements are retained to compensate for Riskin's speechifying and plot distortions (though the softening of one of the play's vital ingredients, Grandpa's refusal to pay his income tax, borders on the sacrilegious). You Can't Take It With You earned several Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Capra's third Oscar).

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
You Can't Take It With You is a joyful celebration of good-natured people and unconventional lifestyles. In some ways, it presages the "do your own thing" philosophy of the 1960s, and it is easy to imagine free-spirited families of the '60s as creative descendants of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's Pulitzer Prize-winning characters. The cast features some of the finest comic actors of its era. While Lionel Barrymore and James Stewart were equally adept at drama, the film also features fine performances from such humor specialists as Spring Byington, Dub Taylor, and Mischa Auer. Of special note is the presence of comic legend Eddie Anderson, who, with his supporting performance in Gone With the Wind, became the first African-American actor to appear in more than one Oscar- winning Best Picture.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2008
UPC:
0043396279773
Original Release:
1938
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:06:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Frank Capra Jr. and author Catherine Kellison; Frank Capra Jr. Remembers... You Can't Take It With You

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Arthur Alice Sycamore
Lionel Barrymore Grandpa 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 Mr. DePinna
Dub Taylor Ed Carmichael
Mary Forbes Mrs. Anthony P. Kirby
Lillian Yarbo Rheba
Clarence H. Wilson John Blakely
Josef Swickard Professor
Ann Doran Maggie O'Neill
Christian Rub Schmidt
Charles Lane Henderson
Harry Davenport Judge
Stanley Andrews Attorney
Dorothy Babbs Dance Teacher
Wallis Clark Hughes
Dutch Hendrian Ice Man
Blanche Payson Matron
Gladys Blake Mary
Eddy Chandler G-Man,Plainclothes policeman
Joe Bordeaux Taxi Driver
John Tyrrell Dopey
Anne Cornwall Blakely's Secretary
Chester Clute Hammond
Irving Bacon Henry
Vernon Dent Expressman
Sidney D'Albrook Trustee
Eugene Anderson Bobby
Nick Copeland Barber
Walter Walker Mr. Leach
Ward Bond Detective
John Ince Neighbor
James Farley Police Sergeant
Wedgewood Nowell Man
Boyd Irwin Attorney
Laura Treadwell Mrs. Drake
Frank Shannon Mac
Ian Wolfe Kirby's Secretary
Dick Curtis Strong arm man
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson Donald
Lee Phelps Bailiff
Doris Rankin Mrs. Leach
James Flavin Jailer
Bill Lally Reporter
Eddie Kane Kirby's Attorney
Pert Kelton Inmate
Lawrence Wheat Secretary
Paul Irving Office Manager
Alex Woloshin Russian General in Jail
Harry Hollingsworth Doorman
Margaret Mann Neighbor
Edwin Maxwell Attorney
Edward Keane Board member
Byron Foulger Kirby's Assistant
Charles McMurphy Guard
Hilda Plowright Lady Melville
Edgar Dearing Plainclothes policeman
Dick Rush Bank Guard
C.L. Sherwood Drunk
Bruce Mitchell Policeman
Edwin Stanley Executive
Pat West Expressman
James Burke Detective
Edward Peil Neighbor
Robert Greig Diner
Pierre Watkin Attorney
Edward Hearn Court Attendant
Kit Guard Inmate
Russell Hicks Attorney
John Hamilton Diner
Sam Harris Diner
Harry B. Stafford Bank Clerk
Alice Keating Actor
Georgia O'Dell Actor
Dagmar Oakland Actor
Belle Johnstone Actor
Bud Wiser Actor
George Pearce Actor
Charles Brinley Actor
Victor Travers Actor
Ed Randolph Actor
Fred Parker Actor
Frances Raymond Actor
Joe Bernard Actor
Harry Semels Actor
Al Seymour Actor
Tina Marshall Actor
Jane Tallent Actor
Ernie Shields Actor
Rosemary Theby Actor
Bert Starkey Actor
Starrett Ford Actor

Technical Credits
Frank Capra Director,Producer
Lionel Banks Art Director
Edward Bernds Sound Mixer
Arthur S. Black Asst. Director
Stephen Goosson Art Director
Gene Havlick Editor
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernard Newman Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Riskin Screenwriter
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
Joseph Walker Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- You Can't Take It With You
1. Start [:56]
2. Kirby and Company [4:33]
3. Mr. Poppins [5:28]
4. A Free-Spirited Family [6:44]
5. Ism' Mama [1:29]
6. The VP & His Stenographer [7:27]
7. Neighborhood Meeting [3:36]
8. The Town Crier [2:07]
9. Alice & Grandpa [4:12]
10. Wilbur G. Henderson, IRS [8:04]
11. Kolenkhov [1:49]
12. Family History [6:21]
13. The Big Apple [4:26]
14. Feeling a Scream Coming On [8:01]
15. Right Hour, Wrong Day [10:14]
16. A Wrestler Never Forgets [1:55]
17. Disturbing the Peace [3:31]
18. In the Drunk Tank [4:29]
19. "You're An Idiot, Mr. Kirby." [2:52]
20. Night Court [3:33]
21. A Letter From Alice [9:12]
22. Grandpa Sells Out [1:51]
23. The Kirby Munitions Merger [3:04]
24. Tony Resigns [3:26]
25. Moving Day [5:35]
26. Alice Returns [2:01]
27. "Polly Wolly Doodle" [4:31]
28. A Family Dinner [2:40]

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