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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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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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Comedy

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Release Date:

13 September 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vivir con papá  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The premiere was on 14 August 1947 in Skowhegan, Maine, where the play had its initial performance eight years before. The stage play ran 3,224 performances, holding the record for the longest non-musical run on Broadway. The play was based on Clarence Day's book. See more »

Goofs

In the first five minutes of the film an elaborate clock is seen chiming. The clock has an arm that moves with each ring of the chime. The arm stops moving, but the chiming continues for several more tolls. See more »

Quotes

Father: I don't go to church to be preached at as though I were some lost sheep.
Vinnie: Clare, you don't seem to understand what the Church is for.
Father: Vinnie, if there's one place the Church should leave alone, it's a man's soul!
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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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Music by Joseph Tabrar
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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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