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You Can't Take It with You -- Lionel Barrymore is the eccentric patriarch of a clan of frustrated artists who decided 30 years earlier to retire from the rat race and use his fortune to encourage friends and family to pursue vocations that really interest them. At the center of his family is his granddaughter, Jean Arthur, who is carrying on a romance with her boss' son, James Stewart.

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Director:
Writers:
Robert Riskin (screen play)
George S. Kaufman (based upon the play by) ...
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Release Date:
3 November 1938 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You'll love them all for giving you the swellest time you've ever had! See more »
Plot:
A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Hilarious and entertaining Capra classic See more (133 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Arthur ... Alice Sycamore

Lionel Barrymore ... 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 ... DePinna

Dub Taylor ... Ed Carmichael
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Anthony Kirby
Lillian Yarbo ... Rheba

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Donald (as Eddie Anderson)
Clarence Wilson ... John Blakely
Josef Swickard ... Professor

Ann Doran ... Maggie O'Neill
Christian Rub ... Schmidt
Bodil Rosing ... Mrs. Schmidt

Charles Lane ... Henderson

Harry Davenport ... Judge
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugene Anderson Jr. ... Bobby (uncredited)
Jimmy Anderson ... Porter in Bank (uncredited)

Stanley Andrews ... Attorney to Kirby at Arraignment (uncredited)
William Arnold ... Reporter (uncredited)
Johnny Arthur ... Kirby's Office Aide (uncredited)
Frank Austin ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Dorothy Babb ... Child Dancer (uncredited)

Irving Bacon ... Henry - the Head Waiter (uncredited)
Harry A. Bailey ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Gladys Blake ... Mary (uncredited)
Beatrice Blinn ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Mike - the Detective (uncredited)
Joe Bordeaux ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Charles Brinley ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Stanley Brown ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Gloria Browne ... Child Dancer (uncredited)
James Burke ... Chief Detective (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Plainclothes Policeman (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Bill Hughes (uncredited)
Chester Clute ... Hammond (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ... Barber (uncredited)

Anne Cornwall ... Miss Jones - Blakely's Secretary (uncredited)
Nell Craig ... Blakely's Inquisitive Office Worker (uncredited)
Beatrice Curtis ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Dick Curtis ... Strongarm Man (uncredited)
Sidney D'Albrook ... Trustee (uncredited)
Howard Davies ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Lew Davis ... Reporter (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Bill - Plainclothes Policeman (uncredited)

Vernon Dent ... Expressman (uncredited)
Kay Deslys ... Woman (uncredited)
Homer Dickenson ... Man (uncredited)
Bill Dill ... Reporter (uncredited)

Lester Dorr ... Reporter (uncredited)
Florence Dudley ... Woman (uncredited)
Roland Dupree ... Child Dancer (uncredited)

Edward Earle ... Bank Manager (uncredited)
Oliver Eckhardt ... Man (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Worried Neighbor (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Police Guard at Courtroom Entrance (uncredited)
Kitty Flanagan ... Woman (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Jailer (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Martin's Neighbor in Courtroom (uncredited)
Sterrett Ford ... Man (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Kirby's Assistant (uncredited)
Almeda Fowler ... Woman (uncredited)
Dick French ... Bank Clerk (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Reporter (uncredited)
Joe Geil ... Child Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Grant ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Man (uncredited)
Robert Greig ... Lord Melville (uncredited)
Carlton Griffin ... Bank Clerk (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Inmate Wearing Black Cap (uncredited)

Chuck Hamilton ... Guard (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... Kirby's Dining Guest (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Diner (uncredited)

Edward Hearn ... Court Attendant (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Ice Man (uncredited)
Russell Hicks ... Attorney to Kirby (uncredited)
Harry Hollingsworth ... Doorman (uncredited)

John Ince ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Paul Irving ... Office Manager (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Attorney to Kirby at Arraignment (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Attorney to Kirby (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Board Member (uncredited)
Alice Keating ... Woman (uncredited)

Pert Kelton ... Inmate (uncredited)
Louis King ... Man (uncredited)

Bob Kortman ... Man (uncredited)
William Lally ... Reporter (uncredited)
Stella LeSaint ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Margaret Mann ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Tina Marshall ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... Attorney to Kirby (uncredited)
Ralph McCullough ... Man (uncredited)
Eva McKenzie ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Charles McMurphy ... Guard (uncredited)
James Millican ... Policeman (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Trustee (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ... Policeman in Park (uncredited)
Clive Morgan ... Man (uncredited)
Gene Morgan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Arthur Murray ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Diner (uncredited)
Georgia O'Dell ... Woman (uncredited)
Dagmar Oakland ... Woman (uncredited)
Fred Parker ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Blanche Payson ... Matron (uncredited)
George C. Pearce ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Neighbor Helping with Move (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ... Lady Melville (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Doris Rankin ... Mrs. Leach (uncredited)
Jimmy the Raven ... Raven (uncredited)
Frances Raymond ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Hilda Rhodes ... Woman (uncredited)
Ky Robinson ... Court Policeman (uncredited)
Gale Ronn ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Marion C. Rotolo ... Accordion Player (uncredited)
Nell Roy ... Woman (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Bank Guard (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Man (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Man (uncredited)
Frank Shannon ... Mac (uncredited)
C.L. Sherwood ... Drunk (uncredited)
Ernest Shields ... Man (uncredited)
Bruce Sidney ... Bank Clerk (uncredited)
S.S. Simon ... Man at Jail (uncredited)
Harry Stafford ... Bank Clerk (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Executive (uncredited)
Bert Starkey ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Belle Stoddard ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Jane Talent ... Woman (uncredited)
Carlie Taylor ... Bank Clerk (uncredited)

Rosemary Theby ... Woman (uncredited)
Patty Thomas ... Child Dancer (uncredited)
Victor Travers ... Man (uncredited)
Laura Treadwell ... Kirby's Dining Guest (uncredited)

John Tyrrell ... Strongarm Man (uncredited)
Pearl Varvalle ... Woman (uncredited)

Dorothy Vernon ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Bess Wade ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Walter Walker ... Governor Leach (uncredited)

Pierre Watkin ... Attorney to Kirby (uncredited)
Gertrude Weber ... Woman (uncredited)
Pat West ... Expressman (uncredited)
Larry Wheat ... Kirby's Secretary (uncredited)
Bud Wiser ... Policeman (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Kirby's Secretary (uncredited)
Billy Wolfstone ... Child Dancer (uncredited)
Alex Woloshin ... Russian General in Jail (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Capra 
 
Writing credits
Robert Riskin (screen play)

George S. Kaufman (based upon the play by) and
Moss Hart (based upon the play by)

Produced by
Frank Capra .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson  (as Stephen Goossón)
 
Makeup Department
William Knight .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Lionel Banks .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Edward Bernds .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Garry A. Harris .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Irving Lippman .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... gowns: Miss Arthur
Bernard Newman .... gowns: Miss Arthur
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Reese .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Maurice A. Bergman .... press representative (uncredited)
Charles C. Coleman .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
126 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S (1960) | Finland:K-16 (1940) | Germany:6 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #4387) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Frank Capra was President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1938 and was at the forefront of a union dispute amongst producers and directors that was threatening to disrupt that year's Oscar ceremony. Fortunately it was resolved in time for the President to walk off with 2 more Oscars to add to his collection.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mr. Kirby wrestles Kolenkhov to the floor at the end of the movie, his glasses fall to the floor. In the next shot, as he sitting back in his chair, he is wearing his glasses again.See more »
Quotes:
Donald:There's only one thing worryin' me - has they got Relief up there?
Rheba:Sure they is. They got Relief everywhere, now.
Donald:They do? Well, let's get on up there, then.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Gypsy Dance No.8See more »

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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Hilarious and entertaining Capra classic, 22 May 2000
Author: dave fitz (dfitz77@aol.com) from somerset, nj

You Can't Take it With You is a very funny and entertaining film. Bringing Up Baby is probably the only film that has ever made me laugh as hard as this one. James Stewart and Jean Arthur are magical together, just as they were in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. This is yet another great film by Frank Capra and was rewarded with an Oscar for Best Picture in 1938.

Stewart comes from a rich and completely uptight family. Miss Arthur is the only relatively sane member of a very wild family. Lionel Barrymore is wonderful as the grandfather here. He is so warm and funny in this movie, it's hard to believe he's the same man who played the evil Mr. Potter in It's A Wonderful Life. Edward Arnold who was known for playing slimy villians, is great as Stewart's very wealthy and totally stuck-up father.

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