Life with Father (1947)

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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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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 ...
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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 <>

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Vivir con papá  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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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?
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Father: About ...
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O Come, All Ye Faithful
(c. 1743) (uncredited)
Latin Lyrics & Music by John Francis Wade
English translation by Frederick Oakeley (1841)
Sung a cappella in English by Derek Scott and Johnny Calkins
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Powell & Dunne Shine In Charming Period Piece
6 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this movie, I thought it was fair at best. On the second viewing, I really, really liked it. I'm almost afraid to see it for the third time, as I could almost dislike it again since I seem to flip-flop on this.

THE GOOD: The film has "charm" written all over it. Although Irene Dunne has some Grace Allen-type gag lines, William Powell is the one who provides most of the laughs in this tale of upper-crust family life in the 1880s. However, both Powell and Dunne are excellent and play off each other well. The story revolves around the personal and business life of the Clarence Day family, a true family in the sense of the word it, which is nice to see. Every character is interesting and the supporting cast includes Edmund Gwenn and Zasu Pitts (love that name!). Nice Technicolor, too.

THE BAD: The romance between Jimmy Lydon and a young Elizabeth Taylor gets a little sappy. Powell's constant exclamation "Gad!" is very annoying as a close as screenwriters apparently could get to saying "God" all the time in 1947.

All in all, it's a nice period piece that takes you back life a little over a century ago, and provides us another one of these more-innocent family stories. To my knowledge, there has never been a good print made of this, either on tape or DVD, which doesn't make sense considering the fine cast and good reputation of this movie.

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