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You Can't Take It with You 

A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carole Androsky ...
Essie Carmichael (as Carol Androsky)
Christopher Foster ...
Arthur French ...
Maureen Anderman ...
Orrin Reiley ...
George Rose ...
Richard Woods ...
Meg Mundy ...


A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.

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21 November 1984 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "You Can't Take It With You" by George S. Kaufman opened at the Booth Theater in New York on December 14, 1936, ran for 838 performances and won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1937. See more »


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21 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jason Robards, at this point in his career, seemed to specialize in patriarch roles, such as in "All the President's Men", "Max Dugan Returns", and "You Can't Take it With You". And in this case, those of us who never saw him on the stage get a big treat, because this was a taped Broadway production. He dominates every scene, but in his natural "Grandpa" way, and only within the character. This is an ensemble play, which is why it's good for high school and community groups. But every actor has the chance to shine and does. Old television watchers will spot veteran actors Bill McCutcheon and Jack Dodson. I want to single out Elizabeth Wilson as the Mother, who exudes warmth and love, though in a contextually "loopy" way. Oddly bland are the romantic leads, although their characters put them at a disadvantage, since every one else is over the top. I enjoy the Frank Capra film, but he gets preachy in the second half (which has nothing to do with Kaufman/Hart), and it is an entirely different animal. This is a case where less is more. I guarantee you'll get misty eyed when Grandpa leads them in the blessing of the meal.

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