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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)
A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family. | Add synopsis »
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Wonderful! See more (7 total) »


 (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 M. Krass .... executive producer
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

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Additional Details

116 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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Taped in performance during the production's Broadway run.See more »
Penny Sycamore:Rheba, I think I'm going to put this play away for a while and go back to the war play.
Rheba:Oh I always liked that one, the war play! A BOOM! A BOOM!
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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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