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You Can't Take It with You (1938)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 September 1938 (USA)
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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The stenographer Alice Sycamore is in love with her boss Tony Kirby, who is the vice-president of the powerful company owned by his greedy father Anthony P. Kirby. Kirby Sr. is dealing a monopoly in the trade of weapons, and needs to buy one last house in a twelve block area owned by Alice's grandparent Martin Vanderhof. However, Martin is the patriarch of an anarchic and eccentric family where the members do not care for money but for having fun and making friends. When Tony proposes Alice, she states that it would be mandatory to introduce her simple and lunatic family to the snobbish Kirbys, and Tone decides to visit Alice with his parents one day before the scheduled. There is an inevitable clash of classes and lifestyles, the Kirbys spurn the Sycamores and Alice breaks with Tony, changing the lives of the Kirby family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You'll love them all for giving you the swellest time you've ever had! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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29 September 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vive como quieras  »

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$1,644,736 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ralph Bellamy, then under contract to Columbia, directed a screen test for the xylophone player in New York. The player's test did not get him the part. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Kirby wrestles Kolenkhov to the floor at the end of the movie, his glasses fall to the floor. In the next shot, as he sitting back in his chair, he is wearing his glasses again. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Anthony P. Kirby: Mr. Kirby should have told you: he suffers from indigestion.
Anthony P. Kirby: Now, now, Miriam, it isn't as serious as all that.
Boris Kolenkhov: Perhaps it is not indigestion. Perhaps it is stomach *ulcers!*
Anthony P. Kirby: [looks at Kolenkhov with obvious indignation] Ulcers?
Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: Don't pay any attention to Mr. Kolenkhov. He's Russian, and the Russians are inclined to look on the dark side.
Boris Kolenkhov: All right, I'm Russian! A friend of mine - a Russian - *died* from stomach ulcers!
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Featured in The 57th Annual Academy Awards (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Gypsy Dance No.8
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Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff and Ben Oakland
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Dated but still charming.
12 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is not the play. This is better.

The madcap adventures of a crazy family during the depression is a life affirming film that shows us that money isn't everything and that yes, you can't take it with you.

One of the joys of this film is the cast Lionel Barrymore, Jimmy Stewart, Ann Miller, Dub Taylor, Edward Arnold, Eddie Rochester Anderson, Misha Auer and just about every great supporting actor and actress under the sun, all acting completely and wonderfully mad. They sell the story and make you smile from ear to ear.

I can't be rational where this film is concerned.

Just see it.

You'll feel good for days.

10 out of 10.


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