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

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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 Tone 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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The Great Pulitzer Prize Play...Becomes the Year's Outstanding Picture! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Release Date:

3 November 1938 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Vive como quieras  »

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$1,644,736 (estimated)
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The first of only two Best Picture Academy Award winners to have been adapted for the screen from plays which won the Pulitzer Prize. See more »

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During the jail scene, Mr. Vanderhof changes his position in relation to his crutches abruptly, first holding them, then leaning on them, and then holding them again. See more »

Quotes

Professor: What about you, Alice? Have you a family tree?
Tony Kirby: My dear sir, don't you know that a sycamore *is* a tree?
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Just Once Again
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Music by Walter Donaldson
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Edward Arnold
28 February 2004 | by (Baltimore) – See all my reviews

Among all the enthusiastic reviews for this movie, it is hard to find a sufficiency of praise for the work of Edward Arnold. A familiar face on the screen in the thirties and forties, with his round face, solid body, and trademark pince-nez, Arnold surpasses himself in this film

Too often type-cast as a plutocrat, Arnold nevertheless demonstrates nuance and sensitivity as a man who, despite many flaws and faults, is redeemed by his love for his son. Arnold is seldom credited with the subtlety and poignancy of his characterizations, probably because he generally played greedy capitalists in a time when greedy capitalists were even more frightening than they are (and properly so) now, but this is an omission that should be corrected. His characterization in this comedy is a powerful performance, and grossly under-appreciated. He was one of the masters of American cinematic acting, with never a false note on his performances, and it is shameful that he is not so acknowledged.


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