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"Great Performances" You Can't Take It with You (1984)

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Moss Hart (play) and
George S. Kaufman (play)
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Original Air Date:
21 November 1984 (Season 13, Episode 4)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Kirk Browning 
Ellis Rabb 
Writing credits
Moss Hart (play) and
George S. Kaufman (play)

Produced by
Daniel A. Bohr .... producer
Ellen Krass .... executive producer (as Ellen M. Krass)
Production Design by
James Tilton 
Costume Design by
Nancy Potts 
Camera and Electrical Department
Danny Franks .... lighting designer
Music Department
Reed Jones .... musical staging
Other crew
Ellis Rabb .... director: original stage production
Series Cast
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Fred Rose
Barbara Walsh

Series Crew
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Directed by
John Doyle 
John Glenmeister (episode "Man Who Married a French Wife, the")
Nick Havinga (episode "Girls in Their Summer Dresses") (episode "Monument, The")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marion J. Caffey  creator
Daniel Ezralow  creator
Josh Groban  creator

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Additional Details

116 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Penny Sycamore:Don't the graduates get to say anything, Grandpa?
Grandpa Martin Vanderhof:Oh no, they just sit there in their cap and nightgown, have a diploma handed to them and along 40 years from now suddenly say 'where am I?'
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful!, 21 August 2005
Author: buxtehude99 from United States

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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