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Life with Father (1947)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Vinnie
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Rev. Dr. Lloyd
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Cora
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Clarence Jr.
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Margaret (cook)
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Dr. Humphries
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Mrs. Whitehead
Derek Scott ...
Harlan Day
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Whitney Day
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John Day
Heather Wilde ...
Annie (maid)
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Vivir con papá  »

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$4,700,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play, "Life With Father" is the longest-running Broadway non-musical play ever. It played on Broadway for nearly eight years (3224 performances), from 1939 to 1947 and held the record for 25 years until "Fiddler on the Roof" surpassed it. In the play, author Howard Lindsay played Father, Dorothy Stickney was Vinnie and Teresa Wright was Mary. The film version was released in 1947, the year that the Broadway run ended. The original Broadway production is the sixteenth longest running show ever as of February, 2013. See more »

Goofs

Clarence Jr. says to his brother Whitney as he reads the paper that Buck Ewing of the New York Giants hit a home run. The team in 1883, the setting of the movie, was called the New York Gothams in that year, later the team's name was changed to the Giants. 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in That Girl: Absence Makes the Heart Grow Nervous (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Ye Servants of God
(hymn tune "Hanover") (1708) (uncredited)
Music attributed to William Croft
Lyrics by Charles Wesley
Played on violin by Clarence Jr. and piano by Mary Skinner
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Wonderful Movie...Wonderful Cast
6 March 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Life With Father is one of my favorite movies. How could you possibly go wrong with two legends of the Silver Screen, William Powell and Irene Dunn, and the wonderful ZaSu Pitts! I love everything about this movie...the time period of the early 1900's New York, the sets and costumes, the interweaving story lines, the acting, the charm and sweetness...I wish this movie could have had a sequel...William Powell and Irene Dunn are absolutely brilliant in this movie. Thank you Clarence Day, Jr. for sharing this wonderful story...


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