You Can't Take It with You

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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 ...
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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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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 12/9/2008
  • UPC: 043396279773
  • Original Release: 1938
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson Donald
Eugene Anderson Jr. Bobby
Stanley Andrews Attorney
William Arnold
Frank Austin
Dorothy Babbs Dance Teacher
Irving Bacon Henry
Harry Bailey
Joe Bernard
Gladys Blake Mary
Beatrice Blinn
Ward Bond Detective
Joe Bordeaux Taxi Driver
Charles Brinley
James Burke Detective
Eddy Chandler G-Man, Plainclothes policeman
Wallis Clark Hughes
Chester Clute Hammond
Nick Copeland Barber
Anne Cornwall Blakely's Secretary
Nell Craig
Beatrice Curtis
Dick Curtis Strong arm man
Sidney D'Albrook Trustee
Howard Davies
Lou Davis
Edgar Dearing Plainclothes policeman
Vernon Dent Expressman
Kay Deslys
Homer Dickinson
Bill Dill
Lester Dorr
Florence Dudley
Roland DuPree
Edward Earle Bank Manager
Oliver Eckhardt
James Farley Police Sergeant
Betty Farrington
Eddie Fetherstone
James Flavin Jailer
Bess Flowers
Starrett Ford
Byron Foulger Kirby's Assistant
Almeda Fowler
Dick French
Jack Gardner
Joe "Corky" Geil
Jack Grant
Jesse Graves
Robert Greig Diner
Carlton Elliott Griffin
Kit Guard Inmate
Chuck Hamilton
John Hamilton Diner
Major Sam Harris Diner
Edward Hearn Court Attendant
Dutch Hendrian Ice Man
Russell Hicks Attorney
Harry Hollingsworth Doorman
John Ince Neighbor
Paul Irving Office Manager
Boyd Irwin Attorney
Belle Johnstone
Eddie Kane Kirby's Attorney
Edward Keane Board member
Alice Keating
Pert Kelton Inmate
Louis King
Bob Kortman
Bill Lally Reporter
Stella LeSaint
Margaret Mann Neighbor
Tina Marshall
Edwin Maxwell Attorney
Ralph McCullough
Eva McKenzie
Charles McMurphy Guard
James Millican
Frank Mills
Bruce Mitchell Policeman
Clive Morgan
Gene Morgan
Wedgewood Nowell Man
Georgia O'Dell
Dagmar Oakland
Fred Parker
Blanche Payson Matron
George C. Pearce
Edward Peil Sr. Neighbor
Lee Phelps Bailiff
Hilda Plowright Lady Melville
Ed Randolph
Doris Rankin Mrs. Leach
Frances Raymond
Dick Rush Bank Guard
Harry Semels
Al Seymour
Frank Shannon Mac
C.L. Sherwood Drunk
Ernie Shields
Bruce Sidney
Harry B. Stafford Bank Clerk
Edwin Stanley Executive
Bert Starkey
Jane Tallent
Carlie Taylor
Rosemary Theby
Victor Travers
Laura Treadwell Mrs. Drake
John Tyrrell Dopey
Pearl Varvell
Dorothy Vernon
Bessie Wade
Walter Walker Mr. Leach
Pierre Watkin Attorney
Pat West Expressman
Lawrence Wheat Secretary
Bud Wiser
Ian Wolfe Kirby's Secretary
Alex Woloshin Russian General in Jail
Technical Credits
Frank Capra Director, Producer
Lionel Banks Art Director
Edward Bernds Sound Mixer
Arthur S. Black Jr. 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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Menu

Disc #1 -- You Can't Take It With You
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You will fall in love with this movie.

    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!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderfully silly film classic!

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Inspiring, Heartwarming Story!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You'll have to take this with you.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not enough stars for this one

    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!!!!

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