Life with Father (1947)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy  |  13 September 1947 (USA)
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A financier from New York rules his numerous family, consisting of his wife and his four sons, with the meticulousity of a bookkeeper.



(memoir "Life with Father"), (screen play), 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rev. Dr. Lloyd
Jimmy Lydon ...
Clarence Jr.
Emma Dunn ...
Margaret (cook)
Moroni Olsen ...
Dr. Humphries
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Mrs. Whitehead
Derek Scott ...
Harlan Day
Johnny Calkins ...
Whitney Day
John Day
Heather Wilde ...
Annie (maid)
Monte Blue ...
The Policeman
Mary Field ...


In late nineteenth century New York a Wall Street broker likes to think his house runs his way, but finds himself constantly bemused at how much of what happens is down to his wife. His children are also stretching their wings, discovering girls and making money out of patent medicine selling. When it comes to light he has never been baptized and everyone starts insisting he must do so, it all starts to get a bit too much. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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Here for all!! All the happiness of the play that ran longer, the laughs that were louder than any known before!




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Release Date:

13 September 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vivir con papá  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


There are two adjoining parlors in the Day town house. One is the main parlor while the other has a fireplace. They can be seperated from each other by closing a mutually shared pocket door. However, their two adjacent pocket door entrances in the vestibule are so close, their space of separation cannot account for both pocket doors bring retracted at the same time. In a scene with Clarence Day Jr. talking to his mother about buying a new suit, both entrance pocket doors are shown retracted. The dark fireplace parlor pocket doors must be false since the main parlor white ones were opened & closed repeatedly in the film. This is a movie set design anomaly. See more »


In the first five minutes of the film an elaborate clock is seen chiming. The clock has an arm that moves with each ring of the chime. The arm stops moving, but the chiming continues for several more tolls. See more »


Father: [advising his son on man-woman relationships] All a man has to do is be firm. You know how some times *I* have had to be firm with your mother.
Clarence Day: Yes, but father, but what can you do when they cry?
Father: Hmm... well, uh... that's quite a question. You just have to make them understand that what you are doing is for their good.
Clarence Day: I see...
Father: Now, Clarence, you know all about women.
Father: [stands up to signal the end of the conversation]
Clarence Day: But father...
Father: Yes, Clarence?
Clarence Day: I thought you were going to tell me about...
Father: About ...
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Although 'William Powell' is listed first and Irene Dunne is listed second in the viewed print on AMC, half of the actual prints listed Dunne first and Powell second. Not only did each version alternate daily in theaters, but so did the advertisements of the movie in newspapers. See more »


Referenced in What's Up Doc? (1950) See more »


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An adorable, nearly perfect, time capsule
27 November 1999 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

William Powell IS Clarence Day, Sr. And Irene Dunne is utterly his match in every way as Vinnie. The days show you life in the Gay '90's in New York as you always wished it to be. And the interplay between cute Jimmie Lydon and young Elizabeth Taylor is priceless. If you want to utterly enjoy yourself for two hours, watch this film.

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