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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

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Vinnie Day (Mother)
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Rev. Dr. Lloyd
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Cora Cartwright
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Clarence Day Jr.
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Margaret - the 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 - the Maid
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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 September 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vivir con papá  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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

Apparently, either because the original copyright expired and was not renewed, or because the film was never copyrighted in the first place (it's not listed in the Catalog of Copyright Entries), Life with Father's status as a public domain feature resulted in its finding its way into countless VHS and DVD inventories whose dealers do not usually handle copyrighted material, and who rarely have access to original negatives and prints, and these seriously inferior copies have now saturated the market. See more »

Goofs

When Vinnie is ill, Dr. Humphries goes out and brings back Dr. Somers. When they go upstairs, Dr. Somers is going up first, but in the next shot he is behind Dr. Humphries. 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

The opening credits are superimposed on scenes of old New York, viewed as if through an old-fashioned stereopticon. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Sweet Genevieve
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Tucker
Lyrics by George Cooper
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Excellent DVD transfer now available
26 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have been a tremendous fan of this movie for many years. I discovered the movie version after I had seen a local stage production and it was an excellent transfer of the play to the screen. Until recently I had only seen it on TV first in black and white years ago and then in color on TCM. I like it so well I bought two of the DVD versions (I won't mention which) and as other reviewers have said they were horrible with washed out color, grainy images and sound that was not synchronized and barely understandable. I guess this is all you can reasonably expect for a movie that has some how slipped into the public domain and for which there is not much demand. However, while searching on Amazon I discovered a review for a new digitally remastered DVD that supposedly fixed all those problems. I ordered a copy and the review was correct. There is now an excellent DVD available from DigiComTV BarCode # 885444062681.


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