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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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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

In later years, Irene Dunne admitted that she hated playing the part of Vinnie, the wife, as she considered the part to be "rattle-brained". See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, Mr. Day's milk canister swings too freely for it to be filled with milk. See more »

Quotes

Harlan: I guess the minister is coming to baptize father so he won't have to go to hell.
Whitney: He can't be baptized in a house. You gotta have water.
Harlan: We have lots of water.
Whitney: Not the right kind!
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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 »

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Referenced in Critic's Choice (1963) See more »

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Sweet Genevieve
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Tucker
Lyrics by George Cooper
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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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