You Can't Take It with YouDirector: Frank Capra
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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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Cast & Crew
|Lionel Banks||Art Director|
|Edward Bernds||Sound Mixer|
|Arthur S. Black||Asst. Director|
|Stephen Goosson||Art Director|
|Bernard Newman||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Morris W. Stoloff||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Dimitri Tiomkin||Score Composer|
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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It wonderful to know that so many film classics are released on DVD for the future generations to enjoy. This is a great comedy with an extremely talented cast (including Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Ann Miller, and Edward Arnold), to name a few, and perfect direction by the legendary Frank Capra. Jimmy Stewart plays the suitor to Jean Arthur. Stewart is a young heir to a father's fortune and falls in love with Jean Arthur, who is the member of a very eccentric family of dancers and firework makers. The two families are completely different but somehow are connected by young love.
I happened to catch this movie again last night on cable. It's so heartwarming and takes you back to a simpler time in life, well maybe not so carefree, but yet you experience the love and caring of this odd collection of family and friends. Watch this once and you'll have to watch it again and again. Enjoy!!
Amazing story following the life of a man, Anthony P. Kirby, who thinks he's found all that's most important in life. He makes a big deal and will be a very wealthy man, but on that same day, his son, Tony (James Stewart), decides to leave him. Tony has been dating his secretary, Alice Sycamore. He meets her rather strange family--her mother writes plays, her father makes fireworks, the milkman lives with them, her sister dances, a Mr. Poppins just joined the group. Everyone does what he likes most. Grandpa (Lionel Barrymore) binds the whole group together. Through a series of mistakes and mishaps, there develops a change in Anthony Kirby, as he realizes that friends are what matter most, 'cause that's all that you can take with you in the end.
The first time I saw this movie I was so inspired I've since watched it many times. Jimmy Stewart is the son of a powerful banker who is being eaten alive by his quest for power. Jimmy's character breaks free of following his father's example and has dreams of his own -- dreams that resurface as he falls in love with a girl from an eccentric and lovable family. What he learns from them is that life is about more than money, prestige and power. This family is happy just doing the things they love rather than to follow how most of the rest of the world lives -- doing jobs they hate, growing old and crabby because life becomes dull and meaningless and frustrating. They pursue the things they love and were meant to do, trusting God to take care of all else. Their happiness is contagious and Grandpa, the patriarch of this family is someone his whole neighborhood loves and looks up to. This is an enjoyable, entertaining movie but also makes you reevaluate your life and priorities. Moving and inspiring and worth seeing again and again!
This is a one of a kind movie.My favorite movie. All the world should be as wonderful,and all families as happy as this one. If you havent seen it you should!! I love the part with 'grandpa and the income tax guy' Its as funny as the review sounds. And a heartwarming ending, as Capra does so well. I give this movie 10 stars!!!!