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Life with Father (1947)

Approved  |   |  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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Vinnie
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Rev. Dr. Lloyd
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Cora
Jimmy Lydon ...
Clarence Jr.
Emma Dunn ...
Margaret (cook)
Moroni Olsen ...
Dr. Humphries
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Mrs. Whitehead
Derek Scott ...
Harlan Day
Johnny Calkins ...
Whitney Day
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John Day
Heather Wilde ...
Annie (maid)
Monte Blue ...
The Policeman
Mary Field ...
Nora
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Storyline

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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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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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

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

Quotes

Vinnie: Why didn't you kneel in the church today?
Clarence Day: I... I just couldn't.
Vinnie: Just because your father doesn't kneel, you must remember he wasn't brought up to kneel in church, but you *were*. Has it anything to do with Mary? I know that she is a Methodist.
Clarence Day: Oh, no, mother. Methodists kneel, Mary told me. They don't get up and down so much, but they stay down longer.
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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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Spin-off Life with Father (1953) 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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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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