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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

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)  »

Also Known As:

Vivir con papá  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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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

When Mr. Day is carrying his wife up the stairs after she faints, the way her head stiffly shakes, it is obvious that he is actually carrying a mannequin and not a person. See more »

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Father: Why did God make so many dumb fools and Democrats?
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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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The Treasure Waltz
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A charming picture...
15 October 1999 | by (Wyandotte, MI) – See all my reviews

Life With Father, the story of an eccentric, excitable 1880s gentleman and his continually exasperating family is the perfect showcase for the under-appreciated talents of William Powell. Powell, best know for his work with Myrna Loy in the "Thin Man" series of films. Powell uses every second of this plum role to display his charming style and verbal acuity.

The story is simple: Powell and his wife, played by Irene Dunne, face a series of calamities, some serious and some ridiculous, mostly brought on by their four rambunctious, red-headed sons. After a visiting cousin brings along fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Taylor, events are put into motion which threaten to turn Powell's neatly-ordered world upside down.

The performances are uniformly fine, and Powell and Dunne are absolutely sterling. A supporting cast that includes Zasu Pitts, Edmund Gwenn and early appearances from Martin Milner and Elizabeth Taylor round out the picture quite well. If there is anything to detract from the complete enjoyment of the film, it is Taylor's performance, which can get grating, but hey, she's just a kid, and when you look at her, you can already see the amazing beauty still to come. The exceptional visual style of the film makes you long for the day when people rode in horse-carts to Delmonico's for dinner.

Watch for some classic dialogue between Powell and Dunne over the cost of a new coffee pot, between Powell and his son about "the facts of life where women are concerned," and the nonsensical wordplay over the return of a Porcelain Pug-Dog.


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