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Life with Father (1947)

 -  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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Father
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Vinnie
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Rev. Dr. Lloyd
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Cora
Jimmy Lydon ...
Clarence
Emma Dunn ...
Margaret
Moroni Olsen ...
Dr. Humphries
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Mrs. Whitehead
Derek Scott ...
Harlan
Johnny Calkins ...
Whitney
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John
Heather Wilde ...
Annie
Monte Blue ...
The Policeman
Mary Field ...
Nora
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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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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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13 September 1947 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Other than the color scenes in Leathernecking (1930), Irene Dunne's only film in color. See more »

Goofs

The opening scene shows a carriage block with "Clarence Day" engraved on it. A few seconds later after the police man passes by, the carriage block has no engraving. See more »

Quotes

Father: You're going to every house where you sold a bottle of that concoction and buy it all back.
John Day: But it's a dollar a bottle.
Father: I don't care how much it is. Here, I'll give you the money now. How many bottles did you sell?
John Day: A hundred and twenty-eight.
Father: A hundred and twenty-eight!
Vinnie: Clare, I always told you John would make a good businessman.
Father: Young man, you'll have to come down to my office with me. I'll give you the money to buy back that medicine. $128, and $10 more for Mrs. Sprague's dog, that's $138. ...
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The opening credits are superimposed on scenes of old New York, viewed as if through an old-fashioned stereopticon. See more »

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Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)
(1884) (uncredited)
Music by J.L. Molloy
Lyrics by G. Clifton Bingham
Played on piano and sung by William Powell
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Definitely Worth Watching!
25 January 2004 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

I was a bit skeptical about this film at first. In general, Hollywood period pieces from the 40's and 50's can be a bit too cornball for my tastes (not that that's a BAD thing, it just depends on what kind of mood you're in). But I gave this film a shot and I was pleasantly surprised. There are some genuinely hysterical moments here. And while the introductory storyline tends to drag just a bit, the true comedy soon emerges from the intermingled sub-plots. I think that the reviewers who have panned the film may have missed the point of it entirely. The character portrayals of the parents are cartoonish for a reason. Did you notice how the children are drawn in a slightly more three-dimensional light? It's because this film is, essentially, a satire. The reason the "folks" are so nutty is because the story is being told from the perspective of Clarence Day Jr. (at least, that's how it was originally written). What this movie attempts to do, and accomplishes in spades, is to poke a bit of fun at the uptight, button-down aristocracy of 19th century America. We have the excitable, self-absorbed, and completely delusional patriarch, and the neurotic, long-suffering, and religiously impressionable mother. This film rips the facade right from its hinges, and shows us what people were really like. The firm and omnipotent father is actually a stubborn but hen-pecked hypocrite. And his wife is no better! She schemes, plots, and manipulates to constantly gain control of her heel of a husband. And, quite admittedly, she usually succeeds. The kids are the only *normal* ones (except for an EXTREMELY annoying Liz Taylor, who plays her role like she's in a High School production of Guys & Dolls). Overall, a very funny film. Some of the dialogue is sparkling and hysterically clever, a model that modern-day Hollywood would do well to study and live up to. There were several laugh-out-loud moments here, and I wasn't even in a good mood! If you like the old obscure Hollywood gems, check this one out! Just make sure you're looking at this film family through the right size lens. If it could make a believer out of me, it will hook anyone!


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