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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 »


Grandpa Martin Vanderhof: Alice, you're in love with this boy and you're not marrying him because we are the way we are.
Alice Sycamore: Oh Grandpa.
Grandpa Martin Vanderhof: I know, you think it wouldn't work out, you think the two families wouldn't get along, well maybe they wouldn't, but whose to say they're right and we're wrong?
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Version of You Can't Take It with You (1945) See more »


Good Night, Sweetheart
Written by Ray Noble, Jimmy Campbell and Reginald Connelly
Played and sung by the entire cast during the curtain calls after the play
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Why oh why is this tape out of print? It's marvelous!
22 January 2002 | by (Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

I'm so happy to hear others speak of this wonderful film. I too found it at Kmart years and years ago and snapped it up! I loved this tape so much and watched it regularly until my VCR ate it. I agree with those who mentioned the great Jason Robards' performance and those who pointed out that this is more like the play. The whole cast just hums along as if they really were that family and any work that tries to get us to, as some wise person has said, "make a life, not just a living," is sorely needed. When I first saw this, I thought some of the cast playing the younger generation were a bit mature for their parts, but the heartfelt acting won me over. I still wish the characters of Donald and Reba did not have to be treated in such a stereotypical way, but the play was very much of the 1930's and this performance reflects that. What a cast of Broadway legends--Robards, Dewhurst, Rose, etc. And it was such great fun to see the wonderful Jack Dodson who was so great as Howard Sprague on "The Andy Griffith Show" get to play a different role. Why isn't this marvelous film still available on tape? So many of that wonderful cast has died since this was made in the mid-1980's that it would be nice if these actors' fans had a souvenir of their superb work. See it if you can and if you're fortunate enough to have a video copy of it, don't let a hungry VCR get it!

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