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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:
It Always *Is* A Wonderful Life... See more (128 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)

Frank McClure ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Ralph McCullough ... Man (uncredited)
Eva McKenzie ... Neighbor (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:
Shortly before filming began, Lionel Barrymore lost the use of his legs to crippling arthritis and a hip injury. To accommodate him, the script was altered so that his character had a sprained ankle, and Barrymore did the film on crutches.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When talking about lilies of the field, Poppins' hands go from his book to his rabbit toy.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Grandpa Martin Vanderhof:[offering grace] Quiet, please, quiet! Well, sir, here we are again. We've had quite a time of it lately, but it seems that the worst of it is over. Course, the fireworks all blew up, but we can't very well blame that on you. Anyway, everything's turned out fine, as it usually does...
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50 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
It Always *Is* A Wonderful Life..., 11 July 2002
Author: gaityr from United Kingdom

I wouldn't exactly call YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (YCTIWY) Capra's forgotten movie--after all, it *did* win the Best Picture Oscar in its year. And I *have* heard of this film by word of mouth previously, though perhaps not as frequently or with as much ubiquity as some of Capra's other films. Compared to IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, for example, YCTIWY distinctly has the status of a 'minor classic'. I don't believe this is deserved, even if themes and (co-)stars are shared between these movies: YCTIWY should definitely be far better known and remembered than it actually is.

First of all, the story-telling is flawless. It very cleverly sets up the two very different families, the Vanderhof/Sycamores (an offbeat family trading most importantly in happiness) and the Kirbys (a stiff up tight banking family trading mostly in weapons). To complete the biggest deal of his career, Anthony Kirby Sr (Edward Arnold) must buy up the last house in a neighbourhood, and of course, this house belongs to Martin Vanderhof (a delightful Lionel Barrymore). The movie pleasantly surprised me in *not* having young Tony Kirby (James Stewart) be assigned to get Vanderhof to sell his house and thereby falling in love with Alice Sycamore (Jean Arthur) and her zany family. Rather, he was in love with her to begin with, and loved her regardless of what he thought of her family. (Though it would be impossible to hate any of them, I feel!) The story really is simple: Tony loves Alice no matter what, and doesn't want her or her family to put on a show to impress his own family. When he surprises her by turning up a day early for a dinner engagement, the Kirbys meet the Vanderhof/Sycamores for who they truly are, wind up in jail, and along the way, learn a little bit about being real human beings.

There are several delightful scenes in the film as well, all beautifully filmed and connected such that the story is a coherent whole. I'm especially partial to practically any scene with James Stewart wooing Jean Arthur (those two, quite seriously, make the cutest couple imaginable)--I love it when he sort of proposes to her. "Scratch hard enough and you'll find a proposal." Or that lovely intimate scene in the park where he directs her to a seat like he would at the ballet, or when they start dancing with the neighbourhood children. The scene in the restaurant was also amusing, when Tony kept warning Alice that there was a scream on the way, building it up so perfectly that *she* wound up screaming before he did. It's hard to beat the scene in night court too, when Capra foreshadows pretty much the exact same scene and sentiment in the forthcoming IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, when all of Vanderhof's friends chip in to pay off his fine. It's sweet, it's real, and it's something you really do wish could still happen in this world. Even the littlest things like Grandpa Vanderhof's dinnertime prayers are enough to remind the viewer of what a world could be like if we kept our values simple, our wants satisfied, and ourselves happy.

Second of all, the acting is superlative. How could it *not* be, with a cast like this? Evidently I was completely charmed by James Stewart and Jean Arthur, who are both incredibly believable both as real people and movie stars, and who together make Tony and Alice an utterly credible, true-to-life couple. Edward Arnold was great as the stuffed shirt Anthony Kirby Sr too--his eventual 'thawing' was something that could easily have been played in too exaggerated a fashion, but both the actor and director, I suspect, are too good to have allowed that to happen. I also had great fun watching Ann Miller in her secondary role as Essie Sycamore, Alice's dancing sister. I sincerely hope that every person making this film had just as much fun as I did watching it, because the whole secondary cast was excellent, and I loved all the characters we were introduced to, particularly the entire Sycamore family with their attendant friends (the ex-iceman DePinna, or the toymaker Poppins) and even their servants Rheba and Donald, who were treated almost as much as part of the family as could be expected at that time. But my greatest praise would have to be reserved for Lionel Barrymore as Martin Vanderhof--a sweeter, lovelier old man you just couldn't imagine, and a complete change from his much-better-known Mr. Potter in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. He really does make Grandpa Vanderhof very much a real person, from his reminiscences about Grandma Vanderhof, to his messing around with the IRS agent, to his harmonica-playing and evident love of life and people.

I really could not say enough good things about this movie (which I prefer to IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE). It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry, and quite frankly, it'll make you glad to be alive. Not many movies can do that. And it's most certainly true that you can't take your money with you... but what you *can* do is take this movie and its message to heart. 10/10, without a doubt.

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