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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:
Don't worry, be happy! See more (122 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)
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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 (art direction) (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's
Bernard Newman .... gowns: Miss Arthur's
 
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)
 
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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 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #4387) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the French-dubbed version made in 1938, the names of some of the characters were changed: "Anthony P. Kirby" (played by Edward Arnold) became "Alexandre P. Kirby"; "Essie Carmichael" (played by Ann Miller) was rechristened "Sylvie Carmichael". Similarly "Penny Sycamore" (played by Spring Byington) became "Jenny Sycomore"; "Ed Carmichael" (portrayed by Dub Taylor) became "Ned Carmichael" and finally Lillian Yarbo's character named "Rheba" in the original version was renamed "Rebeccah".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Poppins' book falls when Blakely picks up the rabbit toy, but then the book is back on the desktop.See more »
Quotes:
Alice Sycamore:It's for you.
Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff:Why bless my soul, a new harmonica.
Alice Sycamore:I got it for you for your birthday.
Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff:How do you know when my birthday is? Even I don't know.
Alice Sycamore:Anytime I get an impulse to get you something, that's your birthday.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Making of 'It's a Wonderful Life' (1990) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Just Once AgainSee more »

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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Don't worry, be happy!, 21 August 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

George Kaufman and Moss Hart, the playwrights of the original play in which this film is based, seemed to have been keenly aware that most people in their pursuit of wealth and success in life basically forget the most important point of all: To live life to its fullest, enjoying every minute of it and sharing with loved ones and friends everything, good, or bad.

"You Can't Take it with You" is an enormously satisfying theater play, which must have drawn Frank Capra's attention to bring it to the movies. In fact, it meshes well with most of his films, in that this is a film with a social conscience, after all. The screen play by Robert Riskin has some awkward moments, but the finished product proves that Mr. Capra could turn any script into a movie with great success. While this film is not in the same league as his other masterpieces, it is still a good way to spend some time with good company.

Much has been said in this forum about the merits of YCTIWY. The cast of this film is Hollywood at its best. Lionel Barrymore makes a great contribution with his Martin Vanderhof, the patriarch of the crazy household where happiness lives. Vanderhof's life is full because of his family and the friends he welcomes to share whatever he has, asking nothing in return. He is a rich man, indeed.

By contrast, Anthony Kirby, the Wall Street millionaire, is a miserable human being. His whole aim in life is to amass a fortune that he will not be able to spend at all. He is reminded by Vanderhof that his life is worth nothing because he has no friends. Edward Arnold does wonders portraying this unhappy man, in perhaps, the best performance of his long film career. Mr. Arnold was a great actor.

The other notable character in the film is Alice Sycamore, the young secretary that happens to fall in love with the rich Kirby heir. In fact, she has the pivotal role of telling off the father of the man she loves because she sees the older Kirby for what he really stands. As Alice, the wonderful Jean Arthur takes the role and makes a splash with it.

James Stewart has a minor role in this film, in comparison to the above mentioned ones. Ann Miller is charming as the happy would be ballerina Essie. Spring Byington makes a great Penny, the woman who can write plays in the middle of all the confusion going on in the Vanderhof household. There is a small scene where the incomparable Charles Lane, an actor that has been seen in innumerable films in minor roles, who plays a tax collector. The rest of the cast is excellent.

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