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You Can't Take It with You (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 November 1938 (France)
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 | Drama | Romance

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3 November 1938 (France)  »

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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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Blakely's hands change position when Vanderhof says he is going to leave. See more »

Quotes

Alice Sycamore: [to the Kirby family] The next time you want to go slumming, stay away from our neighbors!
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Music Arranged by George Parrish and Ben Oakland
Sung and danced by many in jail
Reprised by all at the end
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Dated but still charming.
12 August 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

This is not the play. This is better.

The madcap adventures of a crazy family during the depression is a life affirming film that shows us that money isn't everything and that yes, you can't take it with you.

One of the joys of this film is the cast Lionel Barrymore, Jimmy Stewart, Ann Miller, Dub Taylor, Edward Arnold, Eddie Rochester Anderson, Misha Auer and just about every great supporting actor and actress under the sun, all acting completely and wonderfully mad. They sell the story and make you smile from ear to ear.

I can't be rational where this film is concerned.

Just see it.

You'll feel good for days.

10 out of 10.


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